Going to college is an experience in and of itself. Whether you are considering attending a ground campus or working toward your degree online, you need to know if college is the right decision for you.
To do well, college is hard work. You will need to adjust to writing papers differently than you have previously. You will have a larger load of homework that needs to be completed than you did during your high school years. In short, expectations are much higher.
Consider your reasons for going to college. If you want to broaden your horizons and love to learn, then college is great. It can also be done at the local library – think Goodwill Hunting. If you love the law, or science, or computer technology, college is a great path. Exploring motives helps decide if college is the right fit.
There are many alternatives to college. In today’s Internet society, opportunities abound. You can set up a website for next to nothing and start doing whatever it is that you do – or want to do. Also, there are sites such as Etsy, Addoway, and Artfire that are used every day by people starting their own businesses from home.
Some sites, such as Outright, help with bookkeeping. Ultimately, if you have an entrepreneurial spirit college may help, but it may also get in the way – think Bill Gates, Steve Jobs.
That said, college can do several things. It can broaden horizons. Help you make life-long connections. It’s often a prerequisite for jobs. There is evidence that you’ll make more money with a college degree. It can help with career goals – just know what they are.