Planning for College, and Life!
College Life Planning can be a challenging thing; especially because most teens don’t really think along those lines. Using the resources is probably the best way to make sure that you are ready for college, and more importantly, ready for life after college. That is the real issue in my opinion. Going to school is important, but as one person said it, college is a means to an end: A JOB! So how about some basic pointers from a guy who knows how to screw up royally.
- College isn’t magical. You won’t finish college and somehow by some magical power be transformed into a super genius, and jobs will not by miracle just ‘fall’ into your lap. Going to school after high school will require planning and precision if you are to get the most from your college investment. The parties are great, and some of the friends are for life, but if you don’t work hard, and pay attention to what your doing; you can still fail to succeed.
- College COSTS MONEY. Have you ever heard the old adage, “it takes money to make money”? well it is true (most of the time) and you will be spending quite a bit of money on your college degree. The key is to know how much money you’re spending, why your spending it, and what the return will be once you’re done. There are plenty of estimates out there that outline the earning potential on various careers, the major that you chose can be associated with several careers and it is important that you know and understand the potential return on your investment. If you use loans, you WILL get a bill when you’re done with college- no one pays it off for you, you have to make that payment!
- Your friends are important! So don’t hang out with losers! Friends influence us in a huge way! In fact, many times we tend to act a lot like our friends and we tend to get pushed, or held back, depending on the caliper of the friends we chose to keep. So be very careful to chose your friends carefully!
- College and life planning is not easy! Don’t give up when you find out that your essay didn’t win you that fifty thousand dollar scholarship, or your application for Dartmouth was rejected, again. Keep your eyes on the goal. It’s not about getting into the ‘best’ college, it’s about getting into the best college FOR YOU.
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