« on: June 24, 2008, 04:12:49 PM »
I think Widener's web page says the median age for a student is 23--so if your going to be 24 I wouldn't worry about it too much. Most people there are in their 20's, but there are plenty in their 30's that are married with kids. I had two people in my writing class last semester that were basically pushing 40. No one cared. So, unless you're over 35 or something people are just too busy with their school work to really notice your age. Besides, I was 26 when i started (now 27) and didn't feel out of place at all.
As far as commuting goes I don't think you'll have a problem. I commuted and live further away (about a 25 minute drive) then the Village at Fox Point and it wasn't all that much of a burden. There are people that commute over an hour...and I think the Village is only like 15 minutes away, so you should be fine. You might not have the same opportunity to meet friends/establish relationships as some of the on-campus kids, but if thats not really your concern then living off campus sounds like the right choice. I thought about the dorms but when I saw them I knew they weren't for me. They are like over-sized versions of freshman dorms. No personal bathrooms and cinder block walls, lol. There are apartment style dorms for upper classmen, but I think you might have had to live in the 1L dorms to be eligible.
In any event, I think you'll find commuting to be no big deal. Personally I was happy to be able to leave the campus everyday--The idea of having to stay there all the time seemed like such a bore. Anyways, hope this helps you out. Feel free to reply if you have anything else you're concerned about.