By Tashana Smith:
Going back to school can be a wonderful, yet challenging experience. For some, starting college is a new adventure and they have no idea what to do next. Just take advantage of the opportunities in front of you and you will succeed.
How people feel about the beginning of the school year depends on the reason they’re going to college. Some just enroll because their parents make them, while others would like to better themselves. College graduates simply have better employment opportunities. However, attending college has its drawbacks. Student loan debt often forces college graduates to live with their parents and delay marriage, financial independence and other adult milestones.
College is not for everyone, but I do believe that it will help you in the long run. As a college graduate, you will be more likely to have a career that you love. Don’t get me wrong, there are some great jobs that don’t require college degrees, but there are jobs that make employees dread going to work. Do you want to end up in a job you hate just because you have to provide for yourself or would you rather have a career you love?
Yes, going to school can be a challenging experience, but there are numerous support opportunities on campus that can help you with a variety of issues. Whether you need referrals to community services, clothes for an interview, food or even tutoring, all you have to do is ask. You just have to be willing to use these services.
As for me, I’m looking forward to school starting. This has been a challenging time for me, but I will not let that stop me from pursuing my goal and showing my boys that you don’t give up, even during strenuous times. Whether you are a brand-new student or you’re returning to AC for yet another semester, I hope you will greet the new semester with excitement, enthusiasm and a sense of possibility.