What type of advice would benefit a person who wants to go to college?
For starters, the first question would be: Have you made any plans regarding college? These plans would include a plan of what to study, where to live, personal expenses during college, as well as paying tuition and other college costs. At the age of 17 or 18, I don’t think it’s unreasonable to at least have some idea what you’d like to do.
ًWe don’t get into a car and just start driving without having a destination. Going to the mall, a restaurant, to a friend’s house – usually we have a plan as to where we’re going.
Yet every year, young people across the globe get ready for college. It’s the next stage of a high school graduate’s life, and there’s no need to think about why. Even if you don’t know what you want to study, it doesn’t matter. College follows high school. That’s just the way it is, whether you’ve thought about it, haven’t thought about it, know what you want to study, or have no idea. So people say.
If you’re going to college but haven’t thought beyond that, there’s a good chance that you haven’t considered what it takes financially to get through it. And if parents pay, then the need for consideration of financial preparation may not be on your mind at all.
My first piece of advice would be this:
Be conscious of your choices. If you plan on going to college, ask yourself:
- What are my reasons? My motives?
2. What do I hope to accomplish?
3. What is it that I love to do/study/pursue
4. What are my passions? How can I achieve or realize them through college?
5. Is money important to me? Is making an income the reason behind my attending college?
6. If I could make more money without going to college, which path would I pursue?
Get yourself a nice journal and if you don’t have one, a simple writing tablet will do.
Answer these questions in a journal when you can think and write freely without interruption.
What kind of answers did you come up with? What did you discover about yourself?
I’d love to hear your thoughts. Comments are welcome.