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What helpful advice would you give an age 30-something woman to reach her dream with the following background? She dropped out from college a decade ago despite many hard years of dedicated trying, had to take on a low income, shift work job to earn a living, but never stopped to want to make a comeback in the demanding major where she dropped out and participate in science where her heart belongs?

The shift work prevents her a lot to get up to date again and prepare for college and nobody supplies support against her worries of failing again.

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Get connected with a support system. Places to look: organizations with names like "women's opportunity center", campus women's organization, etc. Community colleges are a great initial re-entry point, even if you are going to re-enter as a junior or senior. Just take a class or two at a good community college to get your feet wet again, and because they are much better at integrating "returning students" like you than most 4-year schools.

If you have any specific questions please ask so I can give you more specific answers.

Note: my Calculus I teacher went back to school in middle age. She was one of the best teachers I ever had. And this was at a community college!

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