College Life – What to Expect

636048948980325402-1320115891_college-life-1So they’ve almost completed their high school, though still keep using free GED practice tests to check if all looks good so the oldest is getting all set for college…
Post-secondary Education, Higher Education, Third-level Education, Tertiary Education, whatever you want to call it, for many of us this is the final stage of our formal academic education, that will occur after we’ve finished our secondary education.

Post-secondary education is usually provided at universities, colleges, academies, colleges, technology institutions, vocational schools, trade schools, seminaries, or career colleges. These institutions are allowed and certified to award professional certifications and academic degrees. At the non-degree level is tertiary education sometimes called continuing or further education to set it apart from higher education. Now I guess my children have a pretty clear idea about what to expect once their high school years are over, but there are three more things I want them to know about college:

1. College is not just career preparation

Of course, college is career preparation, particularly in highly specialized fields such as medicine and engineering, but I bet that you, just like me, know a staggering number of people who work in a field that different from what they studied for in college.

Fact is that most of the roles I’ve played, and the majority of positions I held, did not require my specific college degree at all, and my role as mother and blogger both qualify for this category. But I couldn’t be more happy that I completed my college education! It allowed me to experience all other things much batter and more. Probably the most important element is that a college education will put you on the path towards life-long learning, regardless the form that takes.

2. College is not just a classroom education

Whenever it comes to the cost of a college education, I feel like breaking all the expenses into two separate categories: the expenses of education and the expenses of experiences. Education expenses include tuition, various fees, and room & board. These are the basic expenses of a college education, and when money is tight, of course, they are the most crucial expenses you need to deal with.

A totally different set of expenses, though, are covering the experience of a college education: campus-life, finding your own self, studying abroad, attending sporting events, becoming independent, and things alike. These elements are far more than just a bit of fun. These elements are allowing you to grow up, learn about yourself, and are just as important factors as the academics.

 3. Always study math

During my high school years, I really didn’t like math at all. It’s not that I liked it any better during my college years, but as I majored in business, I needed to take a decent portion of it. I got my degree thanks to the help of a couple of great tutors, and I must admit, now I really have developed a sort of soft spot for, of all things, math. Quite a few students (my kids are no exception) are complaining about math and say hatefully that they never ever will use most of it in their lives….

Well, that may be so for some, but the fact is that math will challenge you! Math is teaching your brain to solve various problems, to think in many different ways, and let’s face it: if there is one thing that is true, it is that a lot of happiness and success in life, be it personal or professional, is coming from our ability to solve problems! So always study math.