What do you want out of your college experience?

Because you want to do more than walk away from college with an undergraduate or graduate degree, you’ll want to have a clear vision for what you want to use your postsecondary credentials to accomplish.  Having a clear goal will help you to define and take the necessary steps to fulfill your vision.  In fact, if you have a clear goal that feels achievable, you might be able to fulfill your vision within as little as five years of graduating from an accredited college or university.

A lot of talk has been made about goals over the last few decades.  However, goals and vision are not new.  Scientists, doctors, teachers, parents and community, government and business leaders have used goals to track their personal growth and to make sure that they reaped the greatest rewards for their efforts.  Truth is that most people have goals; they simply don’t have them written down where they can read and regularly review them. 

Without goals, a destiny or vision you wouldn’t feel frustrated or excited when certain events occurred in your life.  For example, if you had a goal to gain a promotion on your job within one year of going back to college or university, you’d know that you had to do more than pay tuition, study for tests and complete school assignments as that alone wouldn’t get you the promotion you want.  You’d also know that you’d have to apply what you learned in college to take on more complex assignments and projects at work, getting yourself more exposure at the company where you work.  Bottom line, the more you see getting college credentials as a stepping stone toward your greater goals and destiny, the better you can position yourself for long term success and inner satisfaction.

Align Academic Training With Powerful Personal Goals and Aspirations

Specific steps you can take to get the most out of your college experience are:

  • Visit the campus of the accredited college or university you want to attend
  • Meet with faculty members at the school and ask them questions about policies and procedures like making up classes, course add/drop process, online and offline course options, graduation rate and job placement rate (You’ll definitely want to ask the latter question if you’re going back to school to land a job.)
  • Discuss your continuing education goals with your supervisor or employer and ask them for particular areas you can focus on in school so you can take on greater responsibilities at work to gain promotions and pay increases
  • Check with your human resources manager where you work and see if your employer has a tuition assistance or scholarship program you can take advantage of, saving you money as you work toward achieving your educational and career goals and aspirations
  • Read books and articles in the field you want to major in.  This step can give you an advantage that makes it easy for you to earn top grades on course material, projects, quizzes and examinations

Also take the time to sit down for several minutes and ask yourself what you want to accomplish or do most over the next few months to 2 years and 10 to 20 years.  Insights you gain from this exercise can clue you in on what’s most important to you in the short and long term.  That way you can align your college or university major to your passions, fueling yourself for greater success.

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