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what are other ways that college or university can help ?

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mary’s Answer

Hi there,

College can help with social attributes and finding your voice. Besides getting an education in a field that you are interested in, I believe that there are many opportunities within a college that encourage you to step out of your comfort zone - such as joining a group, like an activities club/organization. From my experience, I had a small, close knit group of friends but also found opportunity to meet others with similar interests through facebook student groups and meetups!
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Tom’s Answer

College helps in a few ways:
1) Credentialing. Having a degree will get you in the door (or at least to the first interview) of a new job.
2) You learn the fundamentals of your field. You won't know everything you need, but hopefully you'll have built up the foundations. I majored in physics, and the fundamentals were the scientific method and mathematics, and how to apply these together. Knowing this let me learn what I needed for a scientific project in reasonable time.
3) You learn how to work with others in a diverse environment. Teamwork and communication are the key skills for you to find success, either in your own projects or to impress your employers.
4) You expand your network. This one is easy to miss, but is possibly the most important. Having a strong network of people you know and who know you can vastly expand your prospects.
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Linda’s Answer

College can introduce to a new world of ideas that presents challenges to you as a person and student. I was naive as a freshman, coming from a pretty sheltered environment. My first sociology course "blew me away." It exposed me to worlds and peoples who lived different than me and from whom I might learn a great deal, if I opened myself up to these possibilities. Bottom line. A college education can open your mind and help you develop understanding, compassion, empathy, and a greater sense of social justice.
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Kate’s Answer

College can help in many different ways. Not only are you gaining a degree that will help you the rest of your life you are also gaining other experiences. Most of the time the friends we have in high school come from a very similar background and upbringing that we do. However, once you get to college you will meet students from across the country and world that may have very different backgrounds or views than you do. This is an excellent time to meet different people, learn about different cultures and points of view which will broaden your views. You will most likely meet people who will become friends for life!

There are multiple different clubs to join to either learn new activities or strengthen skills for activities you are already involved in. You can also take on leadership roles in these clubs that will help when applying to jobs and one day leading a team of your own at work.

If you live on campus this might be your first time on your own and you will grow a lot by being on your own for the first time. You will also have a lot more independence when it comes to assignments since sometimes due dates are far out and you need to use time management to make sure you meet all deadlines.
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Alex’s Answer

College can help broader your horizons, not only to new experiences but also new career options that you may not have previously thought about. I know for me personally, I originally had intended to go down one career path and then switched majors midway through my tenure. My suggestion would be to try a couple different courses and clubs for things you're interested in, but also some things that would be new for you. Who knows, you might just find a new passion for a career you had not previously thought of.

Alex recommends the following next steps:

Talk with a guidance counselor at the college for advice
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Morgan ☁’s Answer

Remember this:

College degrees are less important than just about anything else you will do there.
Employers do not care about them. Make connections and friends. A group of like-minded people who are learning the same things. Join a club. Do some projects that you can pad a LinkedIn profile with.

For your 2-Year degree, try classes that give you credits, but that you wouldn't normally consider trying. My major was Network Infrastructure - Basically, how the internet works. How you're posting on this site. I took Theater, statistics, and world history. Definitely interesting things.

Morgan ☁ recommends the following next steps:

Make a friend.
Join a club.
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Capria’s Answer

College can be extremely helpful in finding out more about yourself. These years are the years you truly get to explore your interests and step outside of the shell of what you know to be your friends and family. At college you meet many new people from all aspects of life. You get to develop your own thoughts and opinions on many topics. You get to find out what is truly important to you as well as decide what difference it is you want to make in this world.

Capria recommends the following next steps:

Join a few clubs, try them out and see which ones you want to stick with
Go to activities at and around campus, check out something new
Make new friends
Try a class you wouldn't normally think of yourself
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