Good read from Psychology today. Our focus at CollegePrep Lab is finding the college that is the “BEST FIT” for a student and that doesn’t necessarily mean an elite college.
With over 4000 schools in the US to choose from your student should be able to find a school or several schools they are comfortable and happy at. College is a time to grow and explore who they are and what they want their future to look like.
Last week my daughter asked me why I didn’t encourage her to pursue a more lucrative job market where she could make a “lot of money”. My answer to her was…”because I knew you wouldn’t be happy in that kind of job/environment”. She agreed but then said…”but it would help”. We had a laugh about it and then acknowledged that it would have probably been a miserable life for her. If you can love your job and make a decent living one where you aren’t struggling to make ends meet then it’s a win win.
There is so much pressure in the world today to be the “BEST”. At CollegePrep Lab we help students define what makes them great using a holistic approach, meaning we look at the whole student. There are many facets to a person. We explore those unique qualities that each and every student has and really work to hone in on them.
Your choices and decisions are never final. You can always make changes along the way but I would encourage you to really think about what you are passionate about, what gets you up in the morning, and pursue those ideas. Opportunities come in all shapes and sizes and if you are working 70 hours a week at a high pressure job you could just possibly miss the beautiful little things life has to offer. Be open to new ideas and uncommon possibilities you may never have thought of. Take a risk, step out and try something different, you may find you really like it!