Q & A Blog: ASL Mentor Advice for Success as an Adult Student

Jul 30th, 2013 | By | Category: Alpha Sigma Lambda Mentor Discussion and Q&A Blog

Q & AThe School for Professional and Continuing Education has conducted a survey of their students who are members of Alpha Sigma Lambda Honor Society (ASL).

These students have had success in their academic careers:
Among the requirements of ASL, students must be at least 24 years of age; have achieved at least a 3.7 grade point average; rank among the top 20% of eligible students; and have junior or senior status.

The most common factor (46%) that these students said that they gave up, put on hold or reduced was social activities  31% of these students said that the frequency of family activities were also affected while they were working towards their degree.

Even though there are trade-offs to be made, these adult students still recognized the value in the education that they have received despite the things that they had to do, limit or postpone.  In fact, many of the ASL members surveyed had good things to say about the overall experience.  One student said, “In the end, the lack of free time is not missed and the collegiate achievement is forever”, while another said (of watching television), “To be honest, I do not really miss it”.  There are sacrifices to be made, but as an additional student put it, “at the end of the day, I will have many more opportunities when I am finished”.

Let’s close this article with words of wisdom from a final ASL member, “You can’t give up everything you love.  You need to allow some time for brain-breaks and to do the things you enjoy”.  It seems that balance really is the key.

As you can see, there is so much to gain from the dedication you apply to your academic success and you will have gained a greater appreciation and perspective for the things that you had to postpone, while you are reaping the benefits of your academic achievement!


New Students…would you like to post a question for our online panel of ASL mentoring members?

ASL Mentors…do you have any words of wisdom that you would like to share?

Let’s get some healthy dialogue started…

2 Comments to “Q & A Blog: ASL Mentor Advice for Success as an Adult Student”

  1. HK Wilson says:

    I read the requirements to become a member of ASL, but there is a blurb that states this would have to be your first degree. Is that the first degree with Lewis or the first degree ever? What is the process to being invited.

    Thank you

    HK Wilson

    • richterh says:

      Hi HK! The comment about the 1st degree is referring to your first Bachelor’s degree (in general). If you need further clarification, please refer to Bernie Valderrama. Have a wonderful day! Rhonda

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