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Helpful advice for expensive college years

Published: Monday, May 13, 2013 1:15 a.m. CDT

With graduation just around the corner, I feel it’s necessary as a college student to give some helpful advice for the outgoing high school seniors. Read carefully, kids. 

1. Student loans. Avoid these like the plague if you can. While scholarships do help, it’s darn near impossible to satisfy their far-too-specific requirements.

If you’re one of the few who can get scholarships, use them. Otherwise you’ll spend the rest of your career paying off loans.

Also, try to keep your loans to a minimum. Don’t be like some students who acquire tens or even hundreds of thousands of dollars in debt. That’s overkill. 

2. Get a practical degree. What I mean by this is if you’re going to get a degree, get one that will help you get a career. Avoid such majors as women’s studies, any racial studies, etc. These will not help you out at all.

Too many students, some of whom have the aforementioned studies majors, complain about not being able to find work. Again, practicality is key. 

3. Pick the right college/university for you. I cannot stress this enough. Don’t pick some expensive, out-of-state, private school just because your parents pressure you to go there so that they can boast about their child being better than some other parents’.

This is your future; you can’t afford to screw it up. Follow your dreams, but keep it realistic.

4. If all else fails, get a trade. If college isn’t for you, as some students feel, you could always go for a trade: being a mechanic, welder, etc. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with getting a trade. 

5. Last, buy or rent your books online. It’s cheaper.

I wish the best of luck to all the graduating high school seniors on their college endeavors.

 

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