The first day of college is daunting anyway, but Michelle Griffith felt especially out of place. It was August 2015 when she walked into the sleek, glass-paneled atrium of Motlow State Community College in Smyrna. She was in her early 50s.
“There was an entire lobby full of traditional students, and having to walk through them was hugely intimidating,” Griffith says. She shrugs. “I just pretended I knew what I was doing.”