Considering that the average college student graduates with almost $40,000 in student loans and nationwide Americans owe over $1.5 trillion in student debt, graduating college without that burden is one of my greatest accomplishments.
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However, maybe (just maybe) it’s not the decision to go to college that was the mistake but rather the college you chose to attend in the first place. Maybe you made your decision haphazardly and you weren’t ready to make such a big decision at that time in your life.
If things are not working out and you’re pretty sure it’s not you, here’s how to get out that situation.
Let’s be honest. A 4-year graduation track is designed with traditional college students in mind, but you have not been shut out of the race. It is still within the realm of reality to graduate in 4-years, but as a non-traditional student, there may be more obstacles in the way of doing so. These challenges will make the finish line that much sweeter.
I sincerely, wholeheartedly believe that every living breathing person deserves access to a quality higher education. I just don’t believe that a quality higher education translates to a college education. Indeed, a college education should be accessible to you if you so choose, but college is not for everyone.
Thank you notes are an appropriate way to show appreciation for the time and effort some has performed on your behalf. You can write a thank you note to your scholarship sponsors after you win a scholarship, employers, letter of recommendation writers, your parents, and virtually anyone who has helped you out in the past.
Being active in your campus community is an essential part of capturing the value in your academic career. Your academic career is so much more than the degree you get at the end. It also involves the relationships you make and the lives you touch along the way. Always make a concerted effort to get involved!
Joining an organization is a time, emotional, and financial commitment. Most come with a modest membership fee that helps the organization run. If you’re joining multiple organizations these modest fees add up! That’s why it’s important to be judicious about the organizations you commit yourself to.
Once you have recovered portions of your mental health, make an action plan to keep it. Are you going to stop hanging around toxic people or make a habit of seeing a mental health professional once a month? Are you going to unplug from social media once a week or minimize unnecessary stress by creating a study plan? Whatever you end up doing, make sure it’s actionable and you follow through. Your mental health is way too important to leave it to chance. You need to take care of yourself.
As a college student, you're expected to be broke so why do all the fun things that college students want to attend have to cost so much money! It doesn't make any sense. Well, here are a few ways to have a lot of fun without breaking the bank. #1 Attend college-sponsored events College-sponsored events [...]