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

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“Just get the piece of paper.”


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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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LOW PAID EDUCATORS: WHY ARE TEACHERS PAID SO LITTLE

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“Let’s care for them like they care for ours.”


educators

Our educators are the ones who perform the thankless task of teaching our children. Reaching out to our children sometimes when we are unable to do so as a parent. The ones who take the slack during the days when children are not at home. The ones who take the grunt of the frustration when kids come home with work that either is too difficult for the child or too easy that doesn’t challenge the child. And with all they go through, the least we can do is provide them with adequate pay. Teachers are some of the most necessary, yet some of the lowest paid people in America.

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The chart below shows the following pay scale of the lowest paid people in the education industry. Now, the highest paid people are collegiate instructors in engineering, healthcare educators, and law professors being the highest paid at nearly $190,000 salary. The following chart below shows how much the vast majority of our educators make in a year. Which is relatively small compared to the ability to survive in America.

what is appropriate?

So with has already been said, what is the best income that we should pay our educators? Because law professors make a lot as I stated above. But let’s be honest, how many law professors do we have in America? We a lot more other educators that would run up a massive bill for the government if our teachers commanded six figure incomes. And education is a business as well. What is the means of bringing in an income to the government? Because we have to be practical when looking at pay. What are the benefits economically in paying teachers more? Any thoughts?


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STEPPING OUT: FIRST DAY IN THE REAL WORLD

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“It’s terrifying, but we all have to do it.”


When you are a college student, you have all these ideas about how your life will go once college is over. But there is no real blueprint for how life will turn out. No pot of gold awaits you as you walk across that stage. You graduate on a Saturday or Sunday, and then back to your regular day job you currently hold. And that’s when it sets in, yep, life. The blueprint you thought was going to work is not working at all. The plan of getting out, and some organization observing your resume, then giving you a job is not real after all. So what do you do, you keep working whatever job you currently hold. And days turn to weeks, weeks to months, and months to years. And before you know it, you’re working a job that you could have easily gotten not going to college.

Why do so many people give in and say screw it. They quite progressing forward, and now they have this expensive piece of paper that they have to pay off. Meanwhile, there are going to be the few who come straight out and get jobs. But the masses work the same mundane jobs that they had in college. Well, college is the icing on a cake, and sometimes only constitute for sprinkles. The cake is you, and you have to carve something out for yourself. So how do you carve out an identity for yourself? You start to first test out different things that peak your interest. (Oh yeah, something you should have been doing in college, not just partying) Then once you find that something, you should really do as much as you can to hone in on a skill at that thing.

Put yourself in the know as much as possible. Take on internships, go out and build something yourself; put yourself in harms way so things good can happen to you. Which sounds odd to put yourself in harms way, but you have to do so. You have to be fearless and dangerous while you’re young. Don’t be afraid to try your hand at something, anything, to be great. You’re still at an age where that fearlessness is inside of you, and that jaded feeling of dealing with the world is not present. Because at the age of 22, 23, or 24, you can live like a hermit, and build a life. Put your time and energy into the things you love, and are good at in life.

Because in the end, that is my philosophy since I have been actively pursuing my goals for the past 5.5 years. Notice I said goals and not dreams. Dreams are these images you get of being somewhere in life, yet no work is currently being put in. But a goal put you on track to getting where you want to be. And don’t worry about the failures, you’re going to get plenty along the way, but as long as you’re learning from them, they are lessons and not shortcomings.


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