I mean... when people mature they are more able to focus/know what's important.
Why send a bunch of 18 year olds to University?
because there's nothing else to do at that age?
Most Helpful Guy
College professors I've talked to have consistently said that older students make better students.
The biggest problem I see with most kids going to college straight out of high school is that the majority have no idea what they are getting into and why. They are making a decision to spend several years of their life, and tens of thousands of dollars, without having a good solid idea what kind of work is available. The dropout rate is close to half. Plus it's very common for people to get degrees and then decide they don' really want to do that for a career. Or they discover that they need an advanced degree in their field. Or they discover that no jobs are available, or that the jobs don't pay anything.
I don't buy into the momentum argument. Yes, once you leave school for a while it can be harder to get back into it. But it's not significant. Even after several years absence, a student can get back into the swing of things fairly quickly, easily before the first semester is over.
Older students know exactly why they are going to school. They better understand the job market and finances. They are more focused because because they know exactly why they are there, rather than doing it just because society or parents say it's the thing to do.1
Most Helpful Girl
Because it's harder to go back to school after taking a long break from it. It's good to go while going to school and doing homework and stuff is still a habit.0