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Non-Traditional Student Psychosocial Development

In Relation to Chickering's 7 Vectors
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Jennie Kersjes

on 3 December 2012

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Transcript of Non-Traditional Student Psychosocial Development

After the crisis has occurred, non-traditional students will create their academic purpose. This will include:

Deciding to go to college

Finding the degree or certification they will complete

Having a clear career goal in mind

Creating a balanced schedule between classes, family, and work IDENTITY CRISIS OBSTACLE 1 Obstacle 2 Results: Redefined Integrity & Identity
(Vectors 5 & 7) Start Meet the Non-Traditional Student:
Over 24 years old
Employed full-time
Live off campus
Single parents
Have a family
Veterans
GED Recipients
Financially Independent Non-traditional students may experience emotions including guilt, frustration, exhaustion, anger, anxiety, embarrassment, etc.

These emotions stem from the experience of a hectic work, school, and family schedule, and from interacting with students younger, and at times, more capable than them. Developing New Competencies
(Vector 1) The college experience will cause a shift in the non-traditional student's sense of integrity, as they question their current beliefs and values.

Finally, the non-traditional student will solve the initial crisis, by creating a new professional and personal identity. Non-Traditional Student
Psychosocial Development Based on Chickering's 7 Vectors
Is my job good enough?
Am I providing for my family?
Have I reached my full potential as a student and employee? Developing a Purpose
(Vector 6) Managing New Emotions
(Vector 2) Non-traditional students will enter college with skills and knowledge they have gained through past and current jobs, and meaningful life experiences.

It may be a challenge for non-traditional students to evolve and adapt to new ways of learning while master new competencies and skill sets. Non-traditional students experience a crisis when they begin to question their role in their society and family.
(Vector 5) Advantage 1: Mature Interpersonal Relationships
(Vector 4) Unlike traditional students, non-traditional students will enter college with stable and mature interpersonal relationships. These relationships include: children, spouses/partners, co-workers, etc.

These relationships will provide guidance and comfort when faced with the obstacles ahead. Advantage 2: Having Autonomy and Interdependence
(Vector 3) Because non-traditional students have held full-time jobs, live on their own, and have families to provide for, they have already developed a strong sense of interdependence.

These skills will help the non-traditional student navigate the college system without depending on others (ie. parents and RAs), and help them with the obstacle ahead. End
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