From High School to University: What You Need to Know Before Taking the Leap

From High School to University: What You Need to Know Before Taking the Leap

If you’re a soon-to-be or recent graduate, consider this. If you took a moment to examine your station in life, what you find might surprise you. Beneath your feet is the ledge of a daunting cliff and if you are able to take your eyes off the ground for long enough you will be able to see, stretched out before you, all the possibilities the world has to offer. It is these moments of realization that will eventually grow into memories which you will always look back upon fondly.

Should the moment come where you are ready to take that proverbial leap of faith, you will find the future waiting for you with open arms. However, after taking this leap, your world will never be the same. You can no longer return to the naivety you once knew; your only choice is to look forward and study the various paths stretched out before you. If you want to follow tradition by deciding to focus on your education. Once the leap has been taken, and the decision has been made, all that remains is to start investigating your inner-calling and find a university that is able to cater to your needs.

Selecting a University is a life-altering decision for several reasons. The choice will determine where you live for the next four years. Some University students choose to stay close to home, while others see this as an opportunity to explore what the world has to offer. In addition to determining where you will live, the University you enroll in will also determine the various academic paths available to you. With careful planning, the entire process can proceed with ease. The first step involves examining what you want and need out of a university.

Some students are thrilled with interaction a small, intimate classroom setting affords, while others prefer the anonymity that larger class sizes affords. Determining the type of classroom that best suits you can go a long way in helping you to figure out how the next four years of your life should be spent.

Most schools have their own strengths. Some are famous for their engineering programs, while others are renown for their medical programs. By choosing a school well-known for its work in your field of interest, you stand a good chance for obtaining additional academic opportunities, such as obtaining a solid internship and becoming close with your professors. The possibility of employment upon graduation also improves.

Once you have figured out your academic calling, planning each remaining semester of classes is easy. Most universities offer you the choice of adding a minor on your plan of study, or for those brave enough, the opportunity to double major. While you may be enthusiastic about your major, it is crucial for you to explore other areas of interest as well.

Elective classes are a requirement for almost all majors. You can choose electives that count toward your minor or double-major, or you can choose fun electives that will morph you into a modern day renaissance man or woman. Overall, choosing to take electives in different fields will not only give your a break from your major, but they also help to round out one’s course-load.

For those students who have commitments outside of school or who simply prefer learning from home, online courses offer a great alternative. Taking online classes also saves money when it comes to room and board, tuition and transportation costs.

Online courses allow you the advantage of working at pace much faster than most university classes. Working at your own speed allows you to cater your learning to your own special needs. However, when it comes to selecting an online institution, choosing a school that is renown for its good standing is crucial due to the lack of personal interaction between teachers and students.

Choosing the right university can be a difficult decision; however, by examining your own academic and social needs, you are sure find a school that is just right for you. Taking the initial leap is hard, but the work on the other side can be just as tough; however, if you can stick with it, the experience you’ll walk away with will be well worth the effort.

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About Julie Tutwiler
Julie is a pro bono philosopher and proud nerd who is convinced that she was a cat in a past life. She enjoys learning new things and loves curling up with a good Stephen King book. In addition to reading, Julie enjoys Japanese culture, cryptograms, video games, and playing fetch with her Maine Coon cat, Ender. She's been a writer since childhood and is thrilled that she can now make a living doing something that she loves. You can find her work on awesome websites such as GeekSmash.com.

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