Yogi Berra has been quoted as saying, "You've got to be very careful if you don't know where you are going, because you might not get there." Knowing what you want to accomplish in college will save you a lot of time and energy. Here are some tips to help you gain direction.
- Set realistic goals. For instance, it doesn't make sense to decide to be an accountant if you are not good at math. You are best off selecting a career that utilizes your personal strengths.
- Develop a realistic time line for meeting your goals. For instance, don't select a career that requires a Ph.D. if you can't afford to spend the next twelve years or so in college.
- Select a class schedule that is manageable. If you're not a morning person, don't sign up for an 8:00am class. If you're going to require extra time on your tests, don't sign up for back-to-back classes. If you have to work, don't take a full schedule of classes.
- Manage your time effectively so your goals are met.
- Select supportive people to associate with. There are other people who want to learn and make something of themselves. Find them.