1. I can’t go to college-nobody in my family has ever gone.
Just because no one else in your family attended college doesn’t mean you shouldn’t. Be the first one in your family to earn a college degree-be the trend setter. Earning a college degree will not only benefit you, it will benefit your immediate and future family as well. Earning a college degree will give you and your family something new to be proud of – and more importantly it will open doors and create opportunities for you for years to come.
2. I’ve been in school for 12 years. That’s enough! I just want a good job.
Yes, 12 years is a long time to be in school, but consider the following. First, college is much more enjoyable and less restrictive than high school. The two really don’t compare. In college you have the freedom to work, study when you want to, and the interpersonal relationships you develop as a college student are priceless. In addition, you really need a college degree if you want to obtain and maintain a good job and expand your career horizons. Just 4 more years of schools will provide you more earning potential and open more doors than your previous 12 years of school combined. Many people who didn’t enjoy high school find out that they thoroughly enjoy college, notwithstanding all the homework.
3. I can’t go to college because I can’t afford it.
While this may have been a good excuse for not attending college fifty years ago, it’s not anymore. There are so many different forms of student financial aid these days that almost anyone that can get in to a good college can find a way to pay for tuition and expenses. There are merit based scholarships for students with exemplary academic performance, scholarships for minorities, athletic scholarships, music scholarships, special-interest scholarships, need-based scholarships for individuals with low incomes, work-study programs, federal grants and low interests students loans. And having a part-time job goes a long way to paying for college expenses. Most large colleges offer various on-campus employment opportunities for their students.
4. I can’t go because I don’t know how to apply or where I want to go.
Up until about the year 2000, if you wanted to learn about a university you’d have to subscribe to one of a few large industry publications that provided comprehensive lists of all the colleges and universities in the United States. That’s not longer the case. With the advent of the internet and web technologies, would-be students now have a wealth of information about colleges and universities at their fingertips. There are several large websites, and hundreds of smaller sites, that provide statistics, reviews and detailed descriptions on every college and higher-education institution in the world. Even better, almost every college now has its own website with information on tuition, admissions, enrollment, programs, degrees, etc., etc., etc. Today, you can also request information on any school of interested directly online via the school’s website or via any number of college information websites. Additionally, most colleges hold college fairs, and you can always visit the campus of a school you are interested in attending to get more information about its application process.
5. I can’t go to college-I don’t know what I want to do with my life.
Very few college students know what they want to do with their lives when they’re just getting started. Heck, many of us don’t want to know what we want to do with our lives after college. What you want to do with your life will change several times throughout your life – but one this is certain, if you want to do anything meaningful with your life you need to get a good education. When you attend college as an undergraduate student, you will learn new things about yourself and explore various career and personal opportunities. Moreover, you will meet new people who can assist you as you determine your career and establish future goals.
6. I can’t go to college, because I just won’t fit in.
If you can get into college, you’ll fit in. There are quite literally hundreds of very diverse colleges and universities throughout the United States. There are general colleges, undergraduate college, specialty colleges, special interest colleges and colleges with unique cultures, racial makeups and ethnicity. There are college’s oriented toward minorities, including African Americans, Hispanics, Native American and members of the LGBT community. There are party colleges like Ohio University, as well as “Stone Cold Sober” schools like Brigham Young University. There are coeducation colleges, college for men, and colleges exclusively for women. Within each college you’ll find a myriad of different student organizations you can join and be involved with based on your interests and personality. For more information contact each school individually you are interested in attending to obtain information about different organizations. You’ll be surprised how many people you can meet who share your interests.
7. College is too hard for me.
College isn’t just hard for you, it’s hard for everyone. If it wasn’t hard, it wouldn’t be worth it. You may get a bit overwhelmed at times, but with hard work and discipline, you can overcome anything college throws at you. Just remember, most successful students attribute one main factor to their success: they spend a lot of time studying. Most colleges have extensive tutoring services available for students. Another key to having a successful and enjoyable college experience is learning how to study smarter. We highly recommend that you review the Study Guides for College Students section of this site as you begin your college experience.
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