Plan Your Own Personal Success
As a sophomore in high school, I thought I had figured it all out. I was going to go to NYU, and live in the city. There were two problems with my plans: NYU has a $60,000 price tag, and New York City living is expensive. Then I realized that there were schools that had everything I wanted with a much cheaper price tag. Students get caught up with the idea of escaping their hometown and having this grand experience, but you can get the “college experience” with less debt.
Starting off on the right foot financially begins when you pick your school. It makes sense to choose the school that will mean graduating with the least amount of debt due to student loans. During college, students can get/maintain scholarships with keeping good grades. If you maintain your grades, schools will offer different types of opportunities both financially and ones geared towards career advancement. I think anytime you can get an internship and make positive connections in your desired field, you set yourself up for career and financial success. I think the most important thing you can do is plan for your own personal success. Everyone’s plan is different, and following the conventional plan may not be for you. Planning is also a key to ensure your success. Even if things go wrong, you have something to refer to and a goal to keep you on track. Graduating college can mean a world of different things, but if you plan and work hard, you can leave college with less financial worry.
Amy Wyer, West Creek High School