Step One in the College Process

 

Contrary to what you may have been told, the purpose of college is not necessarily “to get a good job”. Though that is the most common answer I get from a student I ask this question, it is not often the result. But the odds can be increased if certain steps are taken before the student enrolls in college.

Through a series of conversations and assessments, we try to identify what a “good job” is for the individual. What a “good job” is for one person is an awful job for another.  If college is indeed the next step after high school, then how does one’s future academic concentration (or major) prepare one for that good job?

History tells us that the average student changes majors more than twice during college years. How does one narrow the myriad of choices down to one…or two?

Many less competitive colleges are becoming increasingly aware of the importance of providing the kind of academic advising that are more matched to the individual student. They realize that with the cost of college not getting any cheaper, if they are to stay in business the curriculum needs to be more relevant than ever before.

Most parents plan for their children to follow a four-year course of study. Changing majors and spending more time in school will quickly drain college savings and contribute to debt. That is why we recommend all students take some time to do some serious self-reflection while they are still in high school.

“Yea, right!” I hear you say. “To get my son to sit down do some “self-reflection” is like telling our Shih Tzu puppy to sit still when someone comes to the door.”

Yes, it is a challenge; but one worth taking on. For more information on how to identify not only appropriate colleges, but academic concentrations as well, give us a call.

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