“Look before you leap.” That piece of advice has been around for generations and for good reason; planning something before actually doing it is the best way to ensure the most positive outcome. Few people would like to go on vacation without first researching the location where they intend to stay or make a dinner without first being familiar with the ingredients. The Internet has made it easier than ever for people to access information about any number of subjects and therefore pre-plan most aspects of their lives.
The Internet can inform us of what restaurants are nearby, best rated, and sometimes websites even provide the full menu. Likewise, websites and social media can provide us with information about locations. We can learn what areas are safe and unsafe in cities we are planning to visit for the first time. We can also find out what hotels are the best and which places are the most interesting for tourists to visit. We can decide what car we want to buy based on Internet searches. We can also use the Internet to decide on bigger life issues like which candidate to vote for, where we want to live, and what kind of career we would be best suited for. For those who choose to experience college, the Internet can also help us narrow down what school we want to go to, what program we want to major in and how we want to apply that education to our working lives.
The Internet contains a wealth of knowledge about so many different subjects that it is becoming increasingly difficult for people to use ignorance as an excuse for making poor decisions. If one is unsure about the route they want their life to take then all they have to do is dedicate time to doing research that is completely free of charge via Google. When it comes to making huge life decisions—with education being one of those life-altering choices—it is essential that one does a lot of preplanning in order to be sure that they are making the right choice before they commit to anything. Many classes and colleges offer potential students the opportunity to “try out” courses in subjects that interest them. This is especially popular in the online medium so students can decide if a particular are of study is right for them and whether they would prefer to learn online or in a traditional brick and mortar setting.
As technology advances further we are able to communicate with others and experience new things to a greater degree. By being exposed to more sights, subjects, and people we are able to mentally grow more and find our “niches” with much greater ease than anyone from past generations. The Internet is a great source of guidance as we carve out our paths and it is something that should be utilized whenever we are planning a big event in our lives.