3 Avenues to Help Prepare For Higher Education - Rachelle Wilber

Going to college can open the door for you to gain higher earnings.  For example, a study by Georgetown’s Center on Education and the Workforce published in the LA Times reports that people with bachelor’s degrees earn 84 percent more money than those without a degree. Also, today’s companies are increasingly requiring job applicants to have a degree, therefore, you have an advantage over others without a degree. With this being said, you may have decided to get a college education to open the door for a better future. Here are three avenues to properly prepare yourself to embark on your new academic journey.

Complete Preliminary Work

Preliminary work is extensive as you will begin to research the college of your choice. In searching, review information such as application requirements, fees, programs, accreditation, standardized test score requirements, student loan or Pell Grant information, extracurricular activities like fraternities or sororities, band, or sports.

If you can’t physically attend classes, check for colleges offering online programs. For instance, a degree in radiation science technology can be earned while studying at home. Online classes are a great and convenient option for people who have busy lives and their schedules won't allow any time for campus classes.

Consider the factors that are most important to narrow your choice down to a few colleges. When you have been accepted into college, you are then ready to begin your college career.

Identify Your Support System

Who is your support system? Is it your parents, grandparents, siblings or other family member? Perhaps it’s your best friend, school counselor, or coworkers? Your support system can be one or more people who will be there to support you through the challenges you may face during your academic journey. People with a strong support system are most likely to succeed.

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Free up Time

Time management is a major challenge for many college students, especially for older adults returning to school. According to the US News, many students can learn how to effectively manage their time between work and school.  The lack of work-life balance is a factor that has caused the demise of many students’ academic careers, so it is important to identify any tasks that can be shuffled around to allow you to complete your work.

Choosing to attend college is a major life decision. The benefits of getting a degree can boost your earning power and create a better future for you and your family. Choosing your college based on your career interests, identifying your support system and developing a time-management strategy are all avenues to prepare and ensure your academic journey is a success.

Article written by Rachelle Wilber, a freelance writer based in San Diego, California.