Choosing Where to Go to College

“Education is not the filling of the pail, but the lighting of the fire,” was once uttered by William Butler Yeats, and the flame within the student is begging to be lit. Now, what college can properly kindle that flame? A student said that she chose her school because of the proximity to her home. She was not too happy with her choice, but she did not want to change schools so she stayed there. Situations such as these might happen to anyone, but how can you or your son/daughter avoid this?

The first thing to do is to develop a checklist of requirements, which is a clever way to ask the right questions when it comes to the school that is just right for you. Include about ten items, and then just compare them to the schools available to you, and eliminate the schools that do not meet those requirements. It is an easy way to narrow down your choices, and it highlights the type of education you are truly interested in.

Benjamin Franklin said that “an investment in knowledge pays the best interest,” but an investment does require money. It is hard to understand that our society puts a price on something so priceless as education, but it is the truth, and we must consider it. As a student or parent one must consider the cost of each school, and should play an important part in the decision-making process. If you live in California, most California colleges are going to be less expensive for you. You need to factor in the cost of supplies, room and board, books and the average living expenses you might need, in addition to the cost of the school. Investing in your education is a smart thing to do, but make sure you are planning a good investment, not just throwing your money around.

Another thing to worry about is your preference. This new college will be your home, so you should make sure it is a home you will like for an extended amount of time. One thing that experts suggest is that you understand your learning style. Will you be comfortable in large classrooms, or do you prefer smaller classes? Are you the kind of student that needs a few moments to process information? If you are, then a small classroom may not be for you since you may encounter professors who expect you to respond quickly to a lecture. Another preference to worry about is social preference. Should you make sure that your particular religion is properly represented on campus? Will you have the opportunity to attend Church, for example? Take a tour after you have narrowed down your choices, and do not be afraid to ask questions, as Francis Bacon said, “a prudent question is one-half of wisdom.”

Is An Online Nursing School A Good Idea?

Do you want to become a nurse but don’t know how you’ll find the time to attend class on campus? The good news is that you can enroll in one of the many available online nursing programs and work around your schedule. Don’t be afraid to go to nursing school in a virtual environment; you’ll get the same fantastic education as you would on a traditional campus. Here’s what you need to know about nursing schools online:

1. All Schools Are Not the Same

Before you choose an online nursing school, take a close look at the program and the school itself. Never attend a virtual school that isn’t accredited, nursing or otherwise. You can search for accreditation here. Find out how course work will be handled. Will you take all of your classes virtually? Perhaps the school requires that you take exams online. Other schools allow tests to be proctored by a professional in the field. Knowing these things before you enroll is important if you hope to finish successfully.

2. Nursing is Hands On

Many prospective students worry that they won’t get the same hands-on experience in a virtual setting. The best online nursing schools offer a sort of two-part education. During your first semesters, you will take course work online. When it comes time to practice the skills you’ve learned, you’ll do so at a medical facility in your area.

3. Advantages of an Online Education

When it comes to taking classes online, there are multiple advantages. There is virtually no commute time while you are in the class portion of your education. You can easily attend classes and complete homework around your schedule, making it easy to attend school if you are employed or have a family. For excellent students, accelerated programs make earning a degree is fewer years possible. Lastly, most online schools do not charge a separate rate of tuition for students who live out of state. This means that your online education can be less costly than if you were to attend a traditional university.

If you dream of becoming a nurse, don’t let your busy life stop you. You can receive the same quality education in an online environment. If you have a desire to return to school, the only thing standing in your way is you.

Heading Into My Junior Year, What Should I Do To Prepare For College?

AsPreparing For College the school year is coming to a close, most high school students are dreaming of cookouts, sleeping past noon, and hanging out with their friends into the wee hours of the night. The graduating seniors who have made the decision to continue their education have already been through the admissions process. Now is the time when most juniors start to think about searching for the school that is going to be best for them.

One of those will-be-juniors, Casey Stanton, walked into my office yesterday and wanted to know what she should be focusing on this summer to get a leg up on the admissions race.

The first thing I told her to do is to get organized. Start with an email address that you will use for all of your correspondence with colleges. You don’t want to use your current personal email address and risk something getting lost amongst other messages. Remember that your email address should be something that gives admission offices a good impression of you. In other words,, is probably not an ideal email address to use. Commit to checking the email regularly. I recommend at least once a week and probably a little more frequently once you have started to submit applications.

Sit down with your family and discuss how college-related mail is going to be handled. Where will it be put before you have had a chance to sort it and where will you be filing the important mail you need to keep.

Create a college calendar. On the calendar put things like application deadlines, campus tours, and testing dates.

Next, make sure your planned curriculum for your senior year is in line with your goals. For example, an engineering student should probably try to take a second level of physics. I recommend everyone take the highest level of calculus they can. It’s not something you want to be exposed to for the first time on a college level. Take senior level courses in English, math, natural science, social science, and a language course. These will all help you get off on the right foot your freshman year at college.

It’s a good idea to get an early jump on testing. You should really have your SAT/ACT testing done as a junior by March. Take it again in the fall of your senior year if necessary, but that should be a last resort. You need to have an idea where your scores fall to know what schools you want to target to visit. No sense in spending unnecessary time on a school that you will not be able to meet their admission requirements.

Thinking about preparing for and selecting a college can seem so overwhelming. If you set your goals, get organized, and plan a schedule, it can be an easy road to navigate.