ideal-LIVING.com ideal-LIVING • fall 2015
If you’re preparing to retire or relocate in the coming years, consider choosing a college town as your destination. If you’ve already got your sights
set on a particular location, then find out about the
universities, private colleges or technical schools that
are in the area. Either way, you’ll find that the prox-
imity of a higher-education institution offers many
benefits to residents of any age.
1. Get that degree—for (almost) free Some people
graduated with a practical major like business management,
but really wished they had spent more time learning about
art history. A growing number of university systems and
community colleges now offer tuition exemptions or discounts to students above a certain age (usually 55 or 60),
or will let you audit undersized classes for free. Check with
your local school admissions office for specifics.
2. Share your wisdom On the other side of that coin,
many small colleges and technical schools now employ
“adjunct instructors” to teach in specialized areas. Your expertise may be related to your occupation (like marketing,
accounting or legal services) or your passionate hobby (like
gardening or embroidery). Don’t expect to be paid much
as an adjunct faculty member, but you may find a greater
value in the self-satisfaction of sharing your experience and
knowledge with others.
3. Find like-minded friends If you’re a new resident in a
town, you may find that this is a good way to meet people
with similar interests. So if you’re an American history buff
or always wanted to learn to speak French, one great way to
find new friends is to take a college class. Chances are you’ll
see other students of similar age in the room; strike up an
after-class conversation or extend an invitation for coffee
and it might be the beginning of a beautiful friendship.
Life in a College Town
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