The Next Level: 3 Important Things to Consider Before Going to College

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College does not only help you acquire technical skills, it also gives what you need once you go to the real (adult) world. On top of its educational benefits, it’s a place that teaches you to stand on our own feet. It helps you find your lifelong friends, and it’s where some of the best years of your life happen.

Before you fill out and pass that application form, you need to keep in mind some things that will help you prepare for what is to come. College decisions can be difficult. After all, you are investing money and time in it. Here are some tips you might want to take into account:

Which degree?

Choosing a degree can be as confusing as choosing a chocolate in a shelf of your favourite sweets. You like milk chocolate because it’s delicious, but you also like dark chocolate because it’s rich and healthier. At times, you may daydream taking a double or triple degree, but you may want to be careful about it. It’s best to get a degree that you know you’ll enjoy learning and will benefit from in the future. If you are lost at this phase, you need to think about taking a degree that’s in line with your interests and strengths.

Where?

Choosing a college or university should be in line with these two factors: price and philosophy. If you want a quality yet affordable education, state universities are your way to go. If you have the money to go abroad, you may want to take a degree course in Singapore or any country you prefer — whether in Asia, Europe, or in the U.S.

Regardless, you should always consider the philosophy of the school since it will eventually become one of your core philosophies in life. Do you have a religious background? You may want to enroll in a Catholic school. Do you care for the environment? Then look for a college or university that has a partnership with environmental institutions.

What’s your source of funding?

Your parents will surely fund your education, whether through a loan or from their savings, but you must keep in mind that college education can be expensive. If you want to help, you may moonlight and work during your free time. This will help you experience what independence is all about. If you can, apply for a scholarship or look for a sponsor to lessen your expenses.

These are only some of the things to keep in mind before you go to college. For more advice, you can always ask your parents or consult the academic placement centre of your school.