College Search: Finding and Choosing a College

“Choose your area of study:” When you see a service for finding a college, they often start with ‘help finding a college’, but then they ask the student to select the area of study they are interested in. Now I wonder… if I am planning for college, or life; how do I select an area of study if I don’t know what I want to do with my life?How can I select an area of study to find the right college for me if I do not know what I want to do with this degree?!

College is an important investment, and there certainly should be a certain amount of soul searching in order to “find yourself”, but knowing what you want out of life is often then key to success! And it isn’t about pleasing yourself and your own goals! Helen Keller said, “Many persons have a wrong idea of what constitutes true happiness. It is not attained through self-gratification but through fidelity to a worthy purpose.” Going into college should be a well thought out goal, a “worthy purpose”, and fidelity to that purpose, is what will bring about the greatest sense of accomplishment and self worth. It will be the winning formula for students, and society at large.

Finding the right college is about knowing where you’re going and what the expectations will be once you get there. I recommend using a private college counselor (primarily because I am one), but I also recommend finding and using as many resources as you possibly can to make the best decision you can for this “worthy purpose”.

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Written by: Nathan Cornett


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About Nathan and Joanna Cornett

We are a from San Diego California, currently on a mission trip in Guatemala. Nathan has worked as a youth pastor, teen center director, college advisor, and now missionary. Joanna has worked at LaBahn's Landscape for 7 years in the field, sales, and as the Vice President, she started the Hispanic ministry at Foothills Church, and has worked in youth ministry, she is now working as a missionary. We are both passionate about youth, worship, and missions.

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