Are you going back to college? Have you been away from school for a while? Above all, are you looking for guidance? No matter who you are or what your goals entail, this article is sure to prove useful. Going back is possible. This is an incredible opportunity to meet your full potential. However, choose wisely.
First of all, realize that not all colleges are equal in morals, values, and in attitudes towards law and order. If the summer of 2020 has taught us anything, it has revealed that the educational system has been taken over by a radical, marxist element that has raised up children into young adults that consider that it is permissible to riot, to destroy public property, and to steal from business establishments. It is a fact that if you go to one of these colleges that are known to be leftist, which at the time of this writing is many of them, and you are a conservative or Christian, you may not be able to freely express your opinion if you want to pass the course or get a good grade. You may be “required” to write something in line with the leftist Professor’s opinion. This is a known and you should take it seriously.
The most important issue, before looking at schools that may have your major, is to find one that is moral, ethical, believes in the rule of law, believes in the Constitution, and I would add, is Christian. Start there. There are fine Christian colleges that give a rigorous education. As a matter of fact, a leftist college may give an education that is not rigorous but one that is progressive, rather than one designed to give you skills that are marketable and that will compete in the marketplace.
Just a few colleges that this writer knows of that are both high academic standards and also Christian are Oral Roberts University, Regent University, Liberty University, and Hillsdale College. As for a good Bible school, Rhema in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma is a good one.
The question of the value of a college education nowadays has to do more with ethics, morals, the Constitution, and Christianity. You do not want to go to college as a Christian and end up as a Communist. Communists have infiltrated high teaching positions, not only in the academic world, but in churches and government, so be wise. Make your first choice a moral, religious choice, and then focus on your major.
Make a long list of all the needed or desired tools and supplies before preparing for any upcoming college course. Even if you are attending school close to home, it is much more convenient to have everything with you rather than calling your parents to deliver things. You might not be able to get things from your parents if you are going to school far away from home. And really, this is part of growing up, learning to think for yourself, take care of yourself, think ahead of what you will need, and be prepared.
Invest in a good quality water bottle to keep with you. Staying hydrated is something you need to do all day long. This is even more crucial if your classes run one right after another and you just do not have the time to hydrate or eat. Drinking during the day frequently allows you to keep focused on what you’re doing. Especially in today’s world, you want to carry water with you rather than using a public water fountain.
Your college might have a course in study skills if you need help. Even though you may get good grades in high school, you may not know how to get them in college. These courses will give you the tools that you need for college success. There are courses available in some colleges that will teach you how to navigate the online blackboards.
Learn about grants and scholarships that can help with your college costs. This is why you want to do well all the way through your educational career and during high school. The places that give grants recognize that the current work force, say, of engineers will one day need to be replaced with up and coming new people. Western civilization and all its benefits requires an ever-new generation of educated people to keep the benefits of western civilization going…not only the philosophy built on the Judeo/Christian values, but also practical things like plumbing, electricity, roofing, welding, agriculture and so much more. So the scholarships are not just “free money”, they are given to promising young adults with good grades and a desire to labor in certain professions. There is a reason that scholarships are given…to help ensure that society continues to move forward with trained individuals.
Learn your class schedule and where the courses are held well before you actually start. Chart how much time is required to get from class to class. You can also find libraries or cafes on your route to study or eat lunch at if you have time. All this may be changed due to social distancing, so you will have to learn what the current accepted practices are.
Educate yourself about the career of your choice before you choose a college. Doing this will ensure your desired college provides all the courses you’ll require in order to obtain your degree.
In terms of studying effectively, environment is critical. You should go out to study; your room might not be the best place for it. A better bet is to locate a quiet place where you can study in solitude. A library will always be your best bet. Get some noise-cancelling headphones if you need to.
Visit the admissions office prior to deciding to attend a college. You can find out about scholarships that are available. Most institutions of higher education offer their student body scholarship opportunities. Visiting an admissions offer allows you to check out all the available funding options you have when it comes to paying for college.
In the first semester, get at least a general education requirement to get it over with. If there’s one class you’re really not looking forward to, but you need it to graduate, take it early so you can later focus on the classes you really like. You don’t want to have to take classes with the kids when you’re a senior!
One possibility is to take the undergraduate requirements at a community college, where the costs are less, and then transfer to a four-year school. Be sure if you take this route to plan ahead and make sure that the four-year school you are thinking of attending will take the transfer credits. Learn in advance what would be required to transfer the credits, so there are no surprises.
If you plan to move to a different state, or if you are going to live on the campus, think about whether you really need to bring your car. You may not find parking easily. The cost of your car and a parking spot can be too high for a student.
It’s a good idea to purchase used text books. Textbooks, new or old, are pricey. If you’re paying a lot for college already, you might want to save money when you can. Many sources online sell textbooks affordably. Purchasing used textbooks can save you a bundle of cash. However, you generally have to have a certain published version of the textbook, so don’t buy something too out-of-date. Online .pdf versions are sometimes now available.
Plan on studying on a daily basis. Sometimes, it may be difficult to stay focused, as you will need to maintain perseverance. You need to spend at least a couple of hours a day to catch up on your studies and do some research. Make yourself do it even when you don’t feel like it. That way, it becomes a habit. This is your future. Don’t look at college as a place just to get away and socialize. If that is your focus, you probably don’t need to be spending all of that money until you get a higher vision of why you are there.
Have you realized anything? College is attainable. Believe it. No matter how old you are, you can go back to school. Do not allow other people to get in your way. Jump on the chance. Begin working on a degree today. Use these ideas to help you get started in fulfilling the goals you have always had.