Combatting Ageism in College

Here are the things that people will say if you are an incoming college student, returning or otherwise, over the age of fifty. You need help. You need lots of help. You do not know how to surf the internet or send an email. You might not even know how to use a computer. You are probably auditing the class and will drop in two weeks anyway, so why bother talking to you? You are doing this because you have nothing better to do. You are intrinsically less smart than your classmates. You are out of touch. You will waste the university’s time pursuing a degree; you are so old, why are you even here? Are you someone’s parent? You must be the instructor, you’re the oldest person in the room.

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