Going through life, you will find that some people have more advantages than others. It’s not a surprise, but it is unfair. Sometimes you can’t do anything about it as it comes down to connections and even birth. But there are other areas where you can change things to give yourself the advantage. Take education for example. With over half of the countries population going to college, the bar has been set high in many industries. Not all career paths require you to have a degree, and there are many paths that lead to the same destination. However, there are still numerous that do require a higher level of education, and it can be a fast track to where you want to go. So what do you need to get to take the next step and attend College?
When considering secondary education, you first need to think of the grades you have from school. If you’re still in school – then you just need to get your head down and study hard. If not and you know your grades weren’t that great, or maybe they were but you’re out of practice writing and studying academically, consider taking a couple of classes to revisit some curriculum. You can improve your grades while relearning what it’s like to be back in academia. While you’re in school, you can work on getting that extra experience you need to put you above other College applicants through a job or volunteering.
When applying to college, you will need to submit a personal statement as well as a transcript of your grades. This is where you can pile in all your experience, your hopes, a self-assessment to get your personality across. It is best to write this section formally, but make it memorable. Think of the number of people who are applying to the same university. What makes you different? What makes you a more desirable student? It’s not all about your grades and experience – although that is a decent part – but about who you are as a person.
What is it that you want to do? Most people don’t know, and even more change their minds throughout school, college, and even mid-career. You don’t have to know, then choose a subject that interests you; you’re going to be studying it for at least three years. And pick something that opens more than one door. Getting a degree in teaching allows you to become a teacher, yes you may be able to specialize in a subject, age range, and even in special needs teaching. But it’s a vocational course with one career at the end. However, a degree in criminology can lead you to work in public health and safety, physiology concerning criminals, anything involving crime and justice – it’s a type of degree that can result in many options which is what you need if you’re not sure what you want to do.
This one is pretty straightforward – almost like a flow chart; can you afford school on your own? Yes – perfect. No – can you get a scholarship? Yes – perfect. No – time to get a loan. Student loans aren’t the worst thing in the world, yes they put you in debt, but you have to look at it as an investment into your future. Work alongside your degree, and you can lessen the amount you need to borrow. You might not be able to get a full scholarship, but there are many universities that offer partial ones or grants to help students financially.