College_ To Be or Not To Be by cmlang


									by: Frederic Madore

Somewhere around the age of fifteen, someone will begin to ask you about your plans for
college. Uh? At fifteen, your most important plans involve a corsage and the latest dance moves.
But, somewhere between fifteen and high school graduation, you begin to discover this faraway
land of college.

What does this opportunity college really mean for most of us? It is the difference between a life
and an existence. You can stop today to look around, and take the time to notice the haves and
the have nots. The people, who have, also have a college degree. College graduates work in jobs
that bring them satisfaction, not just their next meal. They enjoy what they do each day and they
look forward to innovation and progress. Most of the time, they are a part of those things, they
actually help to bring about change and make progress.

If youve never taken the time to ask yourself (as Im sure most teens have not), begin to ask
yourself questions about your basic likes and dislikes. What things in your life bring interest to
you? Even the smallest things can tell you something about yourself. College helps you to further
define these basic interests and find the right niche for you. The possibilities on the job market
are endless and so are available College degrees. There are degrees out there in things you dont
even realize exist, until you enter the great gates of the undergraduate world.

What you also dont know, (and wont) unless you enter the realm of continued education, is that
there are others just like you. The student population abounds with entering college freshmen
who dont have a clue as to what they want to do with their lives. The point is not necessarily
knowing what you want to do, but having the initiative to seek out the answers. There are so
many doctors, lawyers, teachers, and engineers that started out without any idea about their
chosen path. They did, however, have the desire to get on the path.

Now, I realize the first, and most often used excuse, is a lack of money for college expenses. Bah
humbug! I know at forty, what I did not at 18: there is money available, if you want to find
money. The big hold up here is not the lack of availability its the lack of available guidance
counselors and adults to help these young people find the funding. It would seem to me, that as a
guidance counselor, you would make available all information about scholarships, grants, and
student loans to any young person on campus. But this is not so. Visit any high school in this
country, and for the majority of students, there is no help to be found.

College is the doorway to the imagined, but unproven. It is the bridge between what we are and
what we can be. It is a testament to the age old adage, If you can dream it, you can do it!

This article was posted on October 10, 2005

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