Q&A: What is Your Best Piece of Advice that College Students are Unlikely to Hear?
Be skeptical of any piece of advice you hear from parents, teachers, and advisers.
You will be bombarded with a lot of misinformation about college from the people who supposedly “know best.” The truth is, however, that most adults who dispense advice about college are working from outdated information. A degree is no longer an automatic meal ticket, and you have to decide for yourself if it’s really going to help you reach your goals.
You should also be conscious of the biases and ulterior motives that come into play. Maybe your parents are pushing for you to be a lawyer or a doctor or an engineer, but that’s not what you want to do. Or maybe you have an adviser who’s pressuring you to go to grad school, but you’re not sure you want to shell out the money for 2+ more years of education. Remember, it’s your life, and ultimately, you need to decide what to do with it. Listen to the advice that you’re given, but don’t blindly follow the plan that others may put in front of you.