IN NEED OF DIRECTION: WHAT SHOULD I STUDY IN SCHOOL

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“Choose what fits you.”


that thing that makes you, you

When choosing an educational path in life, you want to pick the thing that sets you apart from everyone else. But you also want to select a path that will aid in your growth after college. And that is the thing that your mind wraps around which will benefit you in your growth in life. It’s more than just going to school, it’s the foundation for you entering life.

topics of interest

Sit down and compile a list of topics you want to study. Write down the top 50, then narrow it down to 25. After that, narrow it down to 10, and from there 5, then 3. And of the top 3, choose what works for you. I know 50 sounds like a lot, but you want to give yourself as many options to choose from as possible. But I will say, once you narrow down the choices of what you really like down to a top 5, start trying out these options. You’ll know what clicks and what doesn’t.

honesty is key

Are you getting better at what it is you do? Be honest, know what you are doing is your thing. So many people think just because they want to do something, it means it’s what they should be doing. Not necessarily so, what’s good for you is not what you may want to do. It may be on the basis of how good are you at what you’re doing. So knowing what educational material your brain starts to wrap around will give you the courage to step into the world.

build your base

On your road to success in your educational pursuits, be sure to grow mentally. Go outside the classroom, and create your knowledge that you are not being taught in the classroom. If you solely depend on a degree alone, you’ll find yourself in serious trouble. You will only have the foundation, but nothing more. Imagine walking around New York City, with all these skyscrapers, and smack dab in the middle of all of them, a foundation, and nothing else. It’s out of place and a cause for concern. So build, build, and continue building.


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INSTITUTIONAL CHOICES: DOES IT REALLY MATTER WHERE YOU GO TO COLLEGE

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“Just get the piece of paper.”


options

When applying to college, we would all like to get into the college of our choice. But in reality you and a multitude of other students are applying to that same school. And chances are a lot of them will be rejected from places as well. So what is there left to do. Go to the school that accepts you into the doors. But in all reality, does it really matter what school you get accepted admission. Because there is always the ability to go and then transfer to your school of choice. But should it really matter?

paying for name

You are generally buying the name on the degree instead of what school you’re attending. Because yes, if you attend Harvard, MIT, Columbia, Duke, or any of the similar private and Ivy league schools, employers tend to look at your résumé differently. But for the majority of students, you’re not going to be attending a top university. So what does the name really mean? Does it mean that if you don’t go to one the top ten schools you won’t amount to anything in life. That’s not real because hundreds of thousands go to college every year. But only a chosen few will get into these schools.

what are you bringing to the table

Inevitably, it will be about what you are bringing to the table. What do you have to offer yourself and your employer. No one can make you great at what you will do in life except for you. Life is about what you put into it, not all about what college you attended. So get the piece of paper, but don’t lean to heavily on it. Because it’s a small part of the overall big picture toward success.


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ONLINE EDUCATION: HOW TAKING CLASSES VIRTUALLY HAS GROWN OVER TIME

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“Remote learning.”


from home

Remember the days when you would see those online commercials and laugh when people went to the schools. Or how about the ITT Technical Institute commercials. Not so funny anymore since traditional colleges and private institutions have become so expensive. Now people are settling for the online school and the small tech college. What was seen in prior years as a gimmick has become all the rage. So what is the future of education the more classes are moved to the online platforms?

traditional college, still online

In today’s society, there are classes you can take at your university that are on the computer. Why, well the professor may feel it’s more convenient to go through the portal connected to the school’s website. And I myself have taken a few of these classes, and have done well to be honest with you. It has everything that a normal classroom would have: homework, test, quizzes, and even class participation. But is there a downside to the classes that are on the computer? And the answer to this is yes.

impersonal relationships

When you go to a university, there is a reason you are having a face to face interaction. It’s to prepare you for the real relationships you’ll have to develop when dealing with people. But how are you to deal with people when all you know how to do is communicate through a device. The result is that when you do deal face to face you’re going to think that someone is being tougher on you than they really are being tough. Everything will come off as hurtful because language is stronger in person than typed.

the inevitable

Doesn’t matter what people think, things will eventually shift to a more digital means of going to school. With the constant rise of college education and lack of jobs once students leave school, other options will be exercised. But the wave of the future is moving to online, so get used to it.


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