Top Five Reasons Starting School in January Is a Good Idea
October 25, 2014
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There's no better time for a clean slate, some clear resolutions and a fresh start than January. The academic world has now embraced students starting school in January, and schools are beginning to offer more of this novel opportunity. Students can now dovetail the start of their new programs or courses with the start of the new year.
A January start is proving to be an increasingly popular choice for students who want their academic pursuits to fit in with their chosen schedule and move away from being tied to traditional college enrollment times. The following are five reasons starting school in January could work for you:
1. New Year, New Career
There is no better time to make a fresh start than the beginning of a new year. New Year's resolutions kick in, and old patterns are left behind. Visions for the future are often clearest in January since there has been ample thinking time during the cold, dark months. Psychologically, January is also the obvious time to embark on something new, like an interesting course.
2. Financial Fitness
Choosing a January start date for your new course is often a wise move, particularly if you have financial considerations — and what student doesn't? Making that start in January allows prospective students to use October, November and December to work on building capital and becoming more financially secure. This allows them to clear their minds, build up their college funds and be able to move forward with their education without the pressure of financial stress.
3. Second Semester Syndrome
A growing number of universities and colleges around the world are recognizing "second semester syndrome" as fulfilling a need of prospective students who want something different. Students are now leading the way in demanding that their lifestyles and needs should be taken into consideration by academic institutions. These institutions are responding by staggering the starts of various courses throughout the year.
4. Transformation Through Technology
More and more students are recognizing the benefits of flexibility when it comes to choosing the right course for them. Technology has completely transformed education, and there are now a range of learning options for courses to fit in around the demands of work, family and hobbies. From webinars to online modules, technology has opened up an array of new resources and tools to help students succeed in achieving their education and career goals. This flexibility has extended from technology to different calendar start times at colleges.
5. Spring Has Sprung
Motivation can sometimes be a challenge when it comes to the last quarter of the year, when there's are strong incentives to stay indoors. The natural tendency for individuals during the colder weather is to slow down, rest and rejuvenate. January brings the promise of spring coming soon and often leads to increased energy levels and motivation to make changes or start in a new direction.
Here's to January 2015 — the start of a new year and a new career!
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