Robert C. Thornett is a geography and social science educator and writer who has taught in four colleges and universities as well as international schools in seven countries. His work has been published in Yale Environment 360, Earth Island Journal, Education Next, American Affairs, The Solutions Journal, and Modern Diplomacy. He currently teaches in Panama.
When I first started teaching at a community college, I had no idea of the types of non-traditional students I would meet. Their resilience and motivation made me wonder if a non-traditional route is actually better, at least for some.