Going to school is something thats going to take a little rational thought. You need to make sure that your heart is definitely in the right place. Sure, its a dream that you might have to go to college, but can you afford it? It all depends on how old you are, what your plans are behind going to school, and if you can make an action plan to actually get things done.
This is something that a lot of people have a hard time dealing with, but the reality here is that you cant just assume that youre going to be able to go to college on a whim. Its different when youre already older and you have a family. Youll find that the scholarship money in the college game is tied up in the youth. If youre just out of high school, theres a lot of college money available for your needs. However, if youve already had a job for a while and youre going back to school to polish your skills in the marketplace, you have to think logically. People are going to be quicker to ask you to justify the cost of paying your way. You might have to cough up a lot more money to do it later on, but its still going to be worth it.
Yes, thats right, we said it its definitely wroth it to go back and get your education. However, that doesnt mean that its easy to do. Remember that part where we mentioned that youre going to have to be very specific about it all? You cant just guess what major is going to be the right one for you. You need to think about how that major you select will lead to a bright career. You just dont want to hope that everything is going to be okay. You also cant rely on coworkers or friends to give you the answers. Following the advice of other people without thinking about how it relates to your normal life is only going to lead to a lot of misery. It would be a lot smarter to go with educated opinions on the subject of an education if youre going to listen to other people.
Talking to a college counselor on the subject of your career options is a little nerve-wracking, but its still important. You dont want to skip over it. Still, we would also take this with a grain of salt. After all, theyre thinking about the bottom line. Getting you to be part of the incoming freshmen class is their goal, but they will still make sure that they give you some information that you can use. Make sure that you are also thinking about networking on your own. If youre an older student, you need to find a way for your current experience to actually mean something. If youre a programmer, this might mean that you go back and brush up on your skills. This is a field that moves very quickly, so you cant just assume that the things that you learned in school early on will still serve you well when you decide to go back.
If you have previous college credit, you will also need to check whether or not it can be accepted as transfer credit. Not all credits transfer over, which is a very frustrating experience. You will have to do what many other college students do and just take the classes over. Its not pleasant, but hey thats the way the game is played.
Take a healthy amount of time to really THINK about college. Think about what youre feeling, think about where you want to go, and think about the people that can help take you there. In our opinion, far too few people really get serious about college, and then they end up regretting it. Spending real time thinking about your future goals is incredibly important. No matter what major you choose or even what school you choose, we wish you the best of luck with all of your goals!