Is College the ‘Golden Age’ It Is Thought to Be?
What is your favorite book? Which book has captured your heart and captivated your mind the most. For people like me, who love literature and books, this is a very challenging question, but if I were asked I would have to say The Great Gatsby is one of my most beloved novels of all time. “Why?” one might ask, and I would have to say that it captures something about the world in a time that is gone that seems romantic and sad all at once. Last evening I was watching Midnight in Paris , a Woody Allen film, and I was captivated. The character played by Owen Wilson was a romantic, a writer, an American: He wanted more than what he had, and the plot allowed him to explore this area.
In the end, like in most films—with the perfect plot arc—he determined that no matter what a person desires, it is no better than what he or she already has. Life is a challenge and the mystical “Golden Age” of history was never a golden age to those who lived it.
Now you may ask, “What does this have to do with me?” I challenge you to think about why you returned to or started college. Are you dreaming for a better job with a higher income, advancement in your current job, or the prestige that comes from having a degree? Is college everything you thought it was going to be? Or are you finding that it is more work than you had planned and less free time that you believe you need? If the latter is the case, remember that this is temporary. The choices you have made are taking you to a better place in your life for both you and your family (current or future).
Furthermore, there are tools to help you on your way through your time in school and during your job search. You have chosen a career college for its personal service and the intimate class sizes that help prepare you for a specific job/ career. Use the resources available to you:
- Admissions—guides you through the process of enrolling and getting ready to be a student again
- Financial Aid—helps to provide the monetary resources necessary to fund your education and possibly some living expenses while you are in school
- Student Services—offers community resources, scholarship searches, student organization management, tutoring and workshops
- Academic Services—monitors your Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) and handles student issues that may affect a student’s ability to succeed in the classroom
- Career Services—offers resume and cover letter critique, job search help (during and after you graduate), and mock interview services
- Library—a quiet place to study, look for reliable resources, and ask questions
- Program Chairs—your link to your future career throughout your education
- Program Ambassadors—your program’s student liaison between you and Academic Services for day-to-day issues that build to become big problems
With the resources available to you, there is always a place to reach to find help on your path to success. Even if reaching your goal seems as unlikely as the tortoise’s completing the race before the hare, know that like the tortoise, steady determination is what is needed to reach the ultimate goal of graduation.