November 4 is National Nontraditional Student Week and Macon State College is celebrating all week.
Nontraditional students are defined as those who do not enter college immediately after high school, attend college part-time, and raise their own families.
"Nontraditional students can come out with their spouses with their spouses, children, by themselves and really socialize with other adult learners at Macon State," says Assistant Professor Loleta Sartin.
Macon State College started the week off with a tailgate party at Ed Defore Sports Complex to cheer on the Macon State football club as they take on O-C Tech.
"I do feel different. Sometimes I feel excluded. When I first came back there was a group in the cafeteria and we called ourselves misfits. We were a conglomeration of just everybody and they really did include me," says student Paula Lipko.
This is the schedule of events:
• 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, Nov. 5 AND 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 6: Adult learner awareness activities, refreshments (while supplies last) and info about the nontraditional learner in front of the Student Life Center.
• 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 6: Adult learner awareness activities, refreshments (while supplies last) and info about the nontraditional learner in front of the Jones Building.
• Noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7: "The Faces of Macon State College: The Adult Learner," held in the Arts Complex Theater on the Macon Campus.* A panel will highlight the adult learner on our campus and how Macon State is positioned to assist them. Nontraditional students will tell their stories and Dr. Martha Venn, Dee Lindsey, Ann Loyd, Tim Vick and Brian Stanley will discuss support services available for nontraditional students at Macon State College. This event is free and open to the public.
• Noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8, Adult learner awareness activities, refreshments (while supplies last) and info about the nontraditional learner, Thomas Hall courtyard, Warner Robins Campus.
For more info about any of these activities, email Loleta Sartin at firstname.lastname@example.org or Molly Kimsey at email@example.com.