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Believe it or not, self-doubt rather than readiness often determines your “fit” for college.How do you know if college is right for you?
And the fact that back in high school you probably thought only one track for college was possible – the traditional four-year route. But what if this wasn’t the direction for you? Did you feel left out of some secret sorority only the “smart” people could access? If so, you bypassed the whole college route and kept working at your current job at a fast-food restaurant/retail store/movie theater.
After teaching high school seniors for many years I recognized a vast percentage of them had no idea what they wanted to be when they “grew up.”
They were so busy living in the present; excited about their current status on top of the totem pole and able to focus on only one thing – May’s graduation. Yet, it takes very little to effort to check out alternative college routes.
I talked about the fact that “One Size Does Not Fit All” in my Jan. 13th blog post, and that a trade school might be what works for you. Now let’s look at what questions other students recommend you ask yourself before deciding your college future.
5 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Say “Yay” or “Nay” to College
- Do you have a passion for something? Like working on cars or styling hair. Maybe it’s a desire to help people but you don’t know in what way. If you can answer this first question, read on…
- Have you done any research on colleges nearby? Such as community or trade schools. Which one offers the program that speaks to your passion? This information is literally only a few clicks away.
- Are you willing to visit the campus or campuses of potential college choices? Once you’ve identified possible colleges, it’s essential to spend some time on the campus to get a feel for it. Trust me, it will make or break your final decision.
- Do you need specialized training for the career you want? This ties back to question #1. Unless you are employed at a “job,” almost all careers require some sort of specific training. Be sure of what you need, how long it takes to get it, and what it costs.
- Do you have a desire to pursue your passion whole-heartedly? This is really about what you want to know. You have to want to learn something here, and not just say it. That worked well when you were five years-old, but now it’s time to take action.
Today’s Take Away: At 17 or 18 years of age you’re not the man or woman you will become one day. Your success in college isn’t about what you knew in high school, but what you want to know after you graduate high school.