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How do I know which college is right for me?

Asked San Antonio, Texas

Being a senior is harder then it looks. You have to worry about grades, scholarships, where to get money and what to wear to prom! My biggest problem is where my future would be in store. What college would be great for me since I plan to perform a double major in arts and technology communication. Should it be an expensive school? A cheap estate one? A HBCU? If anyone could answer this daunting question, I would highly appreciate it.

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Scott’s Answer

Updated Atlanta, Georgia

Hi Indya,

Those are all great questions. As far as the school being state, private, hbcu, expensive or not are very much personal decisions. Some things depend so many other factors such as will you have tuition assistance, scholarship money, etc. State or public schools can be just as expensive as private if you are an out of state student. However if you plan on attending a public institution within your home state, it can be very cost effective. It may be a good idea to identify some schools you're interested in then go to their websites and review their academic programs to determine if the curriculum for the majors you are interested in fit your needs. As far as HBCUs go, there are around 105 public and private HBCUs in the United States. Top Private HBCUs include; Howard, Spelman, Morehouse, Hampton, Tuskegee, Fisk, Clark Atlanta, Xavier, and Dillard. Top Public include; Florida A&M, North Carolina A&T, North Carolina Central, Savannah State, Morgan State, Tennessee State, Winston-Salem State, Delaware State, Albany State, and Norfolk State.


Take some time to determine what your best track should be. I'm sure you will do just fine. Best of luck!


Ken’s Answer

Updated Cleveland, Ohio

You may not need to do a double major, you might be able to major in one area and minor in another. Getting to know yourself better will help with that, as I will let you know later.


Bu first be aware that: It really does not matter what school you attend, as the most important factors are how well you do with the school work, which is an indication to an employer about what kind of employee you will be, and the effort that you put forth in your networking to set up networking connections that will help you throughout your education/career journey. Here is an important video for you to watch: ## http://www.ted.com/talks/julie_lythcott_haims_how_to_raise_successful_kids_without_over_parenting?utm_campaign=social&utm_medium=referral&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_content=talk&utm_term=education ##


Here are some good ways to reduce costs in college:

 http://www.educationplanner.org/students/paying-for-school/ways-to-pay/reduce-college-costs.shtml


What really matters is how well you get to know yourself to determine which might be a suitable career area for you based upon your personality traits and then talking to people face to face in person who are doing what you thing that you want to do to see what the do, how they got there, and what advice they have for you.


Getting to know yourself and how your personality traits relate to people involved in various career opportunities is very important in your decision making process. During my many years in Human Resources and College Recruiting, I ran across too many students who had skipped this very important step and ended up in a job situation which for which they were not well suited. Selecting a career area is like buying a pair of shoes. First you have to be properly fitted for the correct size, and then you need to try on and walk in the various shoe options to determine which is fits the best and is most comfortable for you to wear. Following are some important steps which I developed during my career which have been helpful to many .


Ken recommends the following next steps:

  • The first step is to take an interest and aptitude test and have it interpreted by your school counselor to see if you share the personality traits necessary to enter the field. You might want to do this again upon entry into college, as the interpretation might differ slightly due to the course offering of the school. However, do not wait until entering college, as the information from the test will help to determine the courses that you take in high school. Too many students, due to poor planning, end up paying for courses in college which they could have taken for free in high school.
  • Next, when you have the results of the testing, talk to the person at your high school and college who tracks and works with graduates to arrange to talk to, visit, and possibly shadow people doing what you think that you might want to do, so that you can get know what they are doing and how they got there. Here are some tips: ## http://www.wikihow.com/Network ## ## https://www.themuse.com/advice/nonawkward-ways-to-start-and-end-networking-conversations ## ## https://www.themuse.com/advice/4-questions-to-ask-your-network-besides-can-you-get-me-a-job?ref=carousel-slide-1 ##
  • Locate and attend meetings of professional associations to which people who are doing what you think that you want to do belong, so that you can get their advice. These associations may offer or know of intern, coop, shadowing, and scholarship opportunities. These associations are the means whereby the professionals keep abreast of their career area following college and advance in their career. You can locate them by asking your school academic advisor, favorite teachers, and the reference librarian at your local library. Here are some tips: ## https://www.careeronestop.org/BusinessCenter/Toolkit/find-professional-associations.aspx?&frd=true ## ## https://www.themuse.com/advice/9-tips-for-navigating-your-first-networking-event ##
  • • It is very important to express your appreciation to those who help you along the way to be able to continue to receive helpful information and to create important networking contacts along the way. Here are some good tips: ## https://www.themuse.com/advice/the-informational-interview-thank-you-note-smart-people-know-to-send?ref=recently-published-2 ## ## https://www.themuse.com/advice/3-tips-for-writing-a-thank-you-note-thatll-make-you-look-like-the-best-candidate-alive?bsft_eid=7e230cba-a92f-4ec7-8ca3-2f50c8fc9c3c&bsft_pid=d08b95c2-bc8f-4eae-8618-d0826841a284&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=daily_20171020&utm_source=blueshift&utm_content=daily_20171020&bsft_clkid=edfe52ae-9e40-4d90-8e6a-e0bb76116570&bsft_uid=54658fa1-0090-41fd-b88c-20a86c513a6c&bsft_mid=214115cb-cca2-4aec-aa86-92a31d371185&bsft_pp=2 ##
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