totally real reader question no. 1

A reader from Canada asks:

What’s it like going back to school at 30?

Let’s get our facts straight: I’m 29, which is an important distinction for me, not just emotionally, but also journalistically, because it reflects my fidelity to accuracy. To not correct an error like that would be a mockery of the profession of writing stuff on the internet. The internet does not suffer falsehoods lightly.

School at this not-totally-advanced age is different. I’m more focused, but less competitive. I never miss class. I work hard because I don't have the luxury of my twenties to straighten any messes out. It feels like playing Mario without any lives left.

And 18 year olds look very young.