Monday, February 18, 2013

Going Back to School and Finding Success

by Brett A Bowen

Most people at one point or another have considered going back to college. It is a huge decision and some find it to even be too huge to comprehend.

While it can be daunting, if you are doing it for the right reasons, you'll come to a decision fairly quickly. Most people realize that going to college and getting a degree is extremely beneficial in life.

Here are a couple things to take into consideration when thinking of going back to school:

Money shouldn't stop you from going

There are so many options besides paying out of pocket for college now with things ranging from scholarships, loans, and grants. Scholarships are the most popular because it's free money. The same goes for grants, as they don't have to be paid back.

Loans are definitely tricky in that each one has fine print that most people either don't read, or don't know about. Some loans even allow you to wait up to six months after graduation before you have to begin paying it back. That is always helpful!

You don't have attend on campus

Many colleges offer online courses now instead of the traditional on-campus attendance. In some cases it may even be cheaper to do it online. This allows for more flexibility. If you need to work while going back to school you can tailor the classes and work around your work hours.

If you work mornings, you could do school in the evenings. There are also long distance colleges as well that send you books and assignments that only need to be submitted online.

You can pick and choose your workload

A big complaint I hear from friends currently in college is that they say they've taken on too many classes, and I always say, "Well why did you start out with that many when you didn't know how much work could come with them"?

You don't have to start out with five or more classes. Just take the minimum required and see how you handle the workload. If you find it easy then next semester you can take another class on top of what you're already doing. However, it's silly to take on a ton of classes, yes it can help you graduate faster, but if you're running yourself into the ground, your grades are going to suffer.

Going back to college is a huge commitment and responsibility, but there are so many reasons why you SHOULD go back. It's not for everyone though. If you're going just because of an obligation, you'll find that you are going to hate it. If you go because you are in search of a better education and future, you'll love it!

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