Increasingly, parents have been asking me the same question: "What should my kid and I consider as they’re thinking about going to college?" I always tell them there are three main things that every kid needs to think about as they're submitting a college application.
#1. Cost. College is not cheap. Whether it's $10,000, $15,000 or $75,000, you need to consider the cost of college before you consider anything else, okay?
#2 Culture. You have to consider the campus’ culture before attending any college. What kind of kids are gonna be at the school with you? Are they kids you’d want to collaborate with? Are there kids that you're gonna wanna know hopefully 10, 15, 20, 40 years down the line? You gotta think about the environment you're putting yourself in. The culture of a school shapes the experience you’re going to have.
#3 Career. When I say career, I want you to ask yourself: what is the academic program that you're gonna take advantage of, that's gonna catapult your career in the end? You don't want to be in college forever. It's a four year, maybe five-year experience that you want to take with you for the rest of your life.
So, if you're gonna think about college remember the three Cs: cost, culture and career. Those are the main things every student should be considering and every parent should be talking about with their student.
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