INVEST IN YOURSELF WITH A COLLEGE EDUCATION
Most students are advised to treat their college search like finding a 'soul mate' and are told to look for a place where they'll be happy, Remember Henry you need to think about choosing a college more as a business decision. Think about your upfront investment of time and money to attend a college and compare it to what you expect to get from that time and money: hopefully, a fulfilling career that allows you to live a life unburdened by debt.
CHOOSE YOUR MAJOR WISELY
Of course, like any investment, some are better than others. A degree in basket weaving, Renaissance art or golf is likely to result in significantly lower earnings than a degree in information technology, business or the health sciences. Choosing your major wisely is a lot like selecting an appropriate investment for your long-term portfolio. In other words, you need to choose something that dovetails with your goals and has a realistic opportunity to provide the return on investment that you are anticipating.
FIND THE RIGHT COLLGE FOR YOUR INVESTMENT
Choosing a college is about more than the name on the diploma. Wherever you decide to go to school will touch numerous aspects of your life, from academic studies, social activities and beyond. Considering the importance of this decision, you should think carefully about where you decide to enroll when looking over these options.
A lot of thought should go into developing a short list of schools you would like to attend. But what kind of factors should drive your thinking when crafting that list? Take time to make your own rankings, weighing the pros and cons of a particular school when you are working on choosing the right college. Carefully consider your wants and needs when thinking about where you'll spend the next four years or longer. Ask yourself where you want to be in four years. If you can pinpoint a reasonable job and financial outlook, consider which college might best help you reach your investment in yourself.
WHAT ARE THE RISKS
Every investment has risk, and a college education is no different. One of the greatest risks is that you extend your stay beyond four years (increases your initial cost) or don’t graduate at all (diminishes your return). This is another reason the college selection process is so important. To address these risks, my advise is you work with a college admissions professional who can help you determine where you might fit in best, select a major you will stick with and increase your odds of graduating on time.
HENNY HERE ARE FIVE RECOMMENDED STEPS FOR PICKING THE RIGHT COLLEGE MAJOR FOR YOU.
John recommends the following next steps:
- Make a list of majors you’re interested in.
- Think about which majors will be the most valuable 10 years from now.
- Download the official curriculum for each major.
- Talk to the professors of your major.
- Ask alumni who’ve taken this major about the pros and cons.