College has often been seen as a rite of passage into the world of being an adult. However, this idea of adulthood is becoming out dated and blinded with student loans. Majority of people do not have a person in their life to explain to them what they need to know about college. Before going into this article please understand that this is directed towards the typical American teenager or someone in their early twenties.
A great foundation to start this discussion is the decision of if you want to go or stay in college. College is not for everyone. If you honestly hate school or you want to be a plumber don’t go to college. A lot of people want to go towards the tradition of formal education because it gives an illusion of being in a higher status when actually it is extremely foolish. People may laugh at you for not wanting a degree that explains your credentials or turn their nose if you go against the norm but none of these people will be paying your student loans, your car notes, or phone bill so why do they matter? The underlying truth is that we will always need these jobs that people look down on and at the end of the day your happiness and fulfillment of life is the most important factor. Trade schools, universities, or moving up in a career that you already have is great just take pride in your work.
The following paragraphs will be for people that wish to go to a university.
A degree is a piece of paper saying you are qualified in this subject. This is it. It does not determine your level of intellect nor your character. That being said be mindful of your major. Just because you like a subject does not mean you should major in it. This is not meant to defer anyone from their dream it is meant to be a guideline. If you love history, art or chemistry so much let it be your minor. With the use of the internet many degrees like this will only allow you to be a teacher of this subject. Before you rush out applying to schools do research on what it takes to become what you want to be. If you love acting and you feel like you know you’re going to be a star then go to a performing arts school but keep in mind you may have to be a waiter for a while to make ends meet. Again take pride in your work and do what makes you happy.
Now that you’ve decided if you want to receive a formal education the next step is how to go about it. Community college is a great stepping stone. A lot of people have negative connotations when it comes to a county school. Considering the first two years of any undergraduate degree is two years of pre requisites, going to a two year county college for half the price of a university is logical. Most people don’t know what they want to go school for and often change their major, going to a county college will save money in the long run. County schools are usually made for working people. They most likely offer the same classes at night as well as the morning so you can have a life around getting your education. The best selling point for a community college is that once you transfer to a university your gpa is clean. This is a life saver for many people because the first two years of college are usually the most stressful and there is a correlation between lower grades and the first years of college. Sometimes instead of writing your English paper you’d rather watch five episodes on Netflix, as a result your grades are lower than they should be. That's normal. Most people that are going to college experience a new freedom and have trouble balancing out their life.
Once you are admitted into a university you have the world in front of you. This is the time when people start to get serious about their grades and what they would like to do with their degree. Around their junior year people will be applying to grad school. As said in the previous paragraphs know the steps you need to take to get you where you want to be. Some degrees only require a bachelor’s degree while others require more years of education. For example a traditional nurse only needs 4 years of university while a psychologist needs at least a master’s degree and years of research. Once you know that you’re getting closer towards graduation make a name for yourself. Your future employers will need references and they want to know that the people they are hiring are well rounded. Grades are very important but your life is not going to end if you get a C instead of an A on a required class and you need to make the most of this time. Most people in the university portion of their like are co-adults. They have freedom and eligibility of adults but they usually are still depended on others. Once you graduate people expect your eyes to be open and all of a sudden you’re mature. It doesn’t happen that way but every acts like after years of being raised you know how to grow up.
Although college is a stressful time please enjoy it. Time goes by so quickly and often people over look living in the moment. The best advice anyone will ever give you is to follow your bliss and don’t be afraid to fail. The difference between a job and a career is passion.