There's much to be said for going back to school. A continuing education (CE) certificate or degree can help you prepare for a new job; it can give you important new skills to use at your current job; if nothing else, it can be a fantastic personal challenge and a way of proving that you're still as sharp as you ever were.
You don't want to go into a CE program blind, though. College courses are never easy, and the University of Texas at San Antonio prides itself on its rigor and discipline. Just as important, this time around studying won't be your only focus. You've got a job, a mortgage, kids: your most valuable asset isn't going to be your intellectual prowess, but your ability to balance all the many demands on your time and energy. You don't have the luxury of learning how to cope with school as you go along. You need to know now, before you start, what challenges you'll be facing, and you need to begin putting strategies in place to deal with those challenges.
If problems should arise, you can expect them in one of two categories. First, you have to worry about academics, anything connected to coursework—from making sure you get your assignments done before they're due, to avoiding plagiarism. Second, you need to be aware of UTSA's non-academic disciplinary policies. These have to do with all the many activities that, strictly speaking, don't relate to taking classes—from how you behave during day-long seminars, to how you treat your classmates in online forums.
You'll find important information below on both categories, as well as detailed descriptions of just what can go wrong as a CE student. You should know now, though, that the very best strategy for handling problems is to get help from a professional. So, as a bonus, we'll also explain how to go about doing that.
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