Greetings students! So happy you stopped by the HTGTC Blog! Going to college is a big commitment and with that comes huge rewards! As a student who has completed college and is now in graduate school, I am delighted to share my tips on how you can best prepare. The keyword I am going to stress to you is simple: PREPARE!
Here are a few tips you can all use on your journey to college:
Do your research—look into schools that interest you and explore their major options. Keep in mind how aligned each college and its majors are with your own personal, academic, and career goals. Visit college websites for starters and take a campus tour of any school that really jumps out at you. Also, note all deadlines for each school, not only for admission, but for scholarships and financial aid information. A good example of one tool you can use for college preparation, planning, and applying is www.CSUmentor.edu
Also, be responsible for yourself and stay informed! In college, you won’t always have mom, dad, and teachers staying on you about handling your business. You have to be responsible for you, and develop self-discipline. Take control of your education now and I promise you won’t regret it!
Picking a major depicts your future career goals. In order to succeed in the major and pursuing a career, there are guidelines you need to follow and classes you need to take to complete the major successfully. In order to also complete the classes in a successful manner, it is an option to go see a counselor—they are very helpful. They help you choose the appropriate classes and they will also help you avoid taking the wrong classes. Your major is what helps you find what you love to do. You may think that you have a passion for a certain major, but taking classes in college helps you find what is suitable for you. College is a place to find yourself and what major is right for you. It’s about discovering where your major and career will lead you in life.
Greetings students! Being a college student is a lot more complex than most would think. You learn a lot about yourself as a person and as a student. Some of the best advice I can give you as you pursue college is to explore your talents! Get involved in things that interest you or explore new things you aren’t familiar with. You may think you know exactly what you want to do with your life now, but things can and do change. I myself was a Criminology, Law & Society major in college and ended up pursuing my Master’s degree in Counseling focusing on Student Development in Higher Education. My experiences before, during, and after college all played a role in me changing career directions. One thing I am most proud of is that I let myself evolve and accepted my true passion—education. There is a saying “if you do what you love, you’ll never work a day in your life.” This holds true for me and probably will for most of you. Use your natural skills and talents to do something you are passionate about and you will be fulfilled in your educational, career, and personal lives too!