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High-Profile Studies Overrate Going to College and Picking the Right Major - The Atlantic

High-Profile Studies Overrate Going to College and Picking the Right Major - The Atlantic | College success tips | Scoop.it
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High-Profile Studies Overrate Going to College and Picking the Right Major
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... what you started with.
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These articles really torque me because they encourage students to forgo college when that is generally not the best path...

 

I agree that college is expensive and that managing debt is a serious burden. But all things considered, a college degree tends to fall into the category of things that, while expensive, are worth it. (I have heard some say “divorce” also falls into that category but best to stay on topic.) 

Also, students who do their research tend to make far better choices in selecting a cost-effective educational path for their specific needs and aspirations. Not all students exert the effort necessary to become knowledgeable about college selection and financial aid issues. 

These studies never tell the whole story. This is not just a question of earning potential. College graduates are also far more likely to enjoy a full suite of benefits in their employment. If you monetize those benefits in the average salary package you could fairly conclude that the value of those highly sought-after benefits eclipses the average monthly debt obligation. College students are also statistically far less likely to be laid off. What value do you place on that?

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Poor Students Struggle as Class Plays a Greater Role in Success

Poor Students Struggle as Class Plays a Greater Role in Success | College success tips | Scoop.it
The story of three friends from Galveston, Tex., seems less a tribute to upward mobility than a study of obstacles in an age of economic inequality.
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This is tragic but all-too-common. Students like these can change the course of their lives with a little bit of good information. 

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How to Get Straight A's in Life | Psychology Today

How to Get Straight A's in Life | Psychology Today | College success tips | Scoop.it
In a recent dinner conversation with my friend, colleague, and mentor Dr. Ann Sturgis, we got to exploring the kinds of attitudes that kids need to acquire for success in life. We were talking about her grand-daughter, who is ...
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Some gems in here, including a brilliant H.G. Wells quote...

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Transfer later or go straight to a university? | USA TODAY College

Transfer later or go straight to a university? | USA TODAY College | College success tips | Scoop.it
Heading straight to a four-year school provides many social opportunities. For one, living in the dorms. You may even make lifelong friends and connections this way. Also, plenty of universities have great freshman events, ...
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These days it pays to consider options to save money the first couple of years of college through attendance at community college. Not the best approach for everyone but worth looking at.

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