This is a discussion on Guess It's Time to Face Reality within the Education & Career Talk forums, part of the Topics of Interest category; Originally Posted by Scarlet Eyes Is this coming from personal experience? Rather, the avoidance of such an experience. Self advocacy ...
Last edited by Scarlet Eyes; 11-04-2015 at 06:04 PM.
It is the universal opportunity. And I trust your judgment. I'd like to hear more about your thoughts on this as time goes on. You seem like the kind that might actually appreciate being challenged on things like that, or given alternate views for greater breadth of insight.
Reminds me, ... a decent approach to picking a major is to read through descriptions of courses offered within the relevant department and go for the major offering the most interesting courses.
There are a lot of free online classes you can look up to see which one intrigues you the most. Coursera & edx offer nice psychology courses, Harvard Open Courseware has conferences on Anthropology and Evolution on youtube; Coursera also offers a class on Fashion but its not really that related to Design, but it was interesting. Also you can buy a few books on those topics (I'd recommend buying an intro book and a more specialized book) if you can.
We have similar interests :)
No matter what direction you choose, try to do it the least expensive way. Student loan is no joke.
If you can find a cheaper school, do. If you can save money by living at home or finding part time jobs, do. What you feel like suffering will benefit you later (compare to those who borrow up to their neck for a BA degree).
Also, student loan is for paying tuition and books, not for enhancing your college life style.
Keep your grades up and try to find some real life experience when it's ok for you to fail a few times (the benefit of being young). No job is too insignificant to learn (mostly self-discipline and work place psychology and behavior by observing your bosses and coworkers).
Wish you the best and always finding role models and mentors :)
@chanteuse Thank you for the advice! I'll make sure to keep it in mind.
As time goes on, community college is my most likely path for higher education. I used to really hate the idea; my lofty ambitions are to blame. xD However, once I think about it, community college doesn't sound so horrid anymore. And yes, student loan is not something to get sucked into. What happened to free education?
Currently, I don't really have any role models. (Except for fictional characters, but that's another story. XD) But I'll keep my eye out on anyone admirable that I'll strive to be. :)
Sucks to be young today I can tell you. I got a free community college education when the fee was $5 per course (not per unit, course). When I transferred to 4-year, I had to pay more, but not that much more; chump change compare to today's state school tuition.
As for lofty ambition, keep it. Without it, it's easy to succumb to mediocre jobs and relationships. When I was in college it bothered me a bit that I was not in "better" school. However, those I knew who attended "better" schools didn't seem to know more than I anyway. It's just vanity, unless you were courted by Stanford, MIT, Waterloo, Princeton, Cambridge, Oxford (all of them, not just one), then you really do have some bragging right.
Plenty of people who don't have college degree do very well in their life, career and relationship. Your college education is for you to have a credential in case a job requires a BA/BS degree. What recommend you in a real job is how good you are at learning, how adaptable you are to changes (procedural and personnel), how well you get along with others, and how self motivated you are at your chosen path.
So your journey has not really started. I am sure over the years you will meet supervisors and coworkers who'd inspire you and/or take you with them when they get promoted.
Best wishes and a bright bright future ahead!!!