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Knocking Out the Leading College Myths

Some of my biggest fears in learning new things is that I won't be able to understand it, I won't be fastest enough in learning to keep up with other students or that I will just not get it. These fears are always superficial on my part. As soon as I start learning the subject, I find that most of the others are at the same level as me or they felt the same way I did when they started.

College selection, applications and the curriculum options process is tough enough. Don't let college myths scare you away from a college, a university or even a vocational school that might be the perfect match for your future happiness and success.

I know students (cough cough) that years later settled for a less than best quality / college match because they read one too many (one is too many) college myths and half truths. Even if it is a bit more superhero fantasy than reality, I would like to think that I helped put the KaPOW to college myths by exposing them for what they really are; untrue negative generators preventing people from employing all of their talents.

After reading this, choose the college, university or trade school that is your perfect match.

Myth No 1: College is only for smart people or adult intellectuals

If that was true I would still be wearing a $20 fast food uniform with a hairnet and asking people if they would like the value meal or individual sandwich.

College students are not any more gifted, better quality or unique in their mental or learning abilities than anyone else. Some people learn at a faster rate in some subjects while others excel in knowledge retention that may take them slightly longer. How college students are different from each other, is in their motivation to open their minds and let all of their natural curiosity find the answers and apply their mental abilities to what they're learning.

Myth No 2: College is only for extraordinarily creative or trade knowledgeable people

College students do not need to be considered the next Beethoven (creative genius) to go to college. Most creative people do not find their inspiration until they are in college.

The trade knowledgeable is trade knowledgeable because they are in college that is where they obtain their knowledge.

Myth No 3: Only recent high school graduates and young people go to college

Lloyd Huck, retired and at age 84 is now living out his golden years taking classes in subjects such as astronomy and attending football games as well as chating with other students.
- City of Boston website

According to the 2004 Population Survey conducted by the Census Bureau, the 2nd greatest percentage rise in college enrollment was by adults age 25 to 34 and by adults age 35 and over. So many adults are returning to college that they're no longer considered a non-traditional student. Statistics consistently show that adult students are the fastest growing educational demographic.

Myth No 4: You have to have a lot of free time to go to college

I have a full time job, a full size 100lb energetic dog and all of the lovely responsibilities that come with life, and yet I am still able to fit in classes of my choosing. Start by attending college part time or even by taking one or two classes at most. You also have the option of attending Online Colleges which offers a whole new world of opportunities for those working a full time.
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Myth No 5: It takes a long time to complete a college program

There are so many variations to college paths that the student now gets to decide on their college course. Going part time, can take you longer to earn a degree. However, many schools have accelerated programs that allow students to earn credit by taking college course credit exams. If successfully passed, they award the student who are or have been in a particular field of business or military with credit for their job experience and or training. Many vocational, trade and community colleges also offer certificate programs in career professions that can be completed in two years if full time or online and possibly longer if part time.
Myth No 6: You have to pass an entrance examination

It will all depend on the colleges you are considering. Often colleges that require exams are testing to see at what level you should start at for general studies, which means there isn't a minimum score you must pass. Many colleges such as trade, vocational and community colleges do not require entrance exam scores after a certain age. When researching the schools you're interested in, inquire about any possible exams.

Myth No 7: You need to know what you want before enrolling

That is what research is for. Would you marry someone because the guy / gal is pretty and has a good reputation? Of course not! The same is true for colleges. While one may be perfect for a friend of yours it's very possible that it's all wrong for you.

Again, there are so many variations to college directions that if you attend a community college you don't necessarily have to know what major you want to pursue until after you have taken your "Requirement" courses.

Start doing your research. Take some time for yourself to do some personal career considerations. Research the career and every aspect of it. The good, the bad, the requirements and everything in-between.

Myth No 8: Professors tend to be hostile to older students

Teachers love to teach, that is why they became teachers. They are there to help you succeed.

Myth No 9: It takes a lot of money to go to college

There are no age restrictions assigned to federal grants and loan programs or most college tuition assistance programs. The average community college is sponsored by state and local taxes, which mean that fees are comparatively low. Additionally, there are privately funded corporate and organizational programs that have college grant and loan programs.

Myth No 10: College graduates don't really earn that much more money than non-graduates

Statistics consistently show that college graduate earns about twice as much in salary (and often more)per year than people with no other education than high school. In addition, many careers are not obtainable without higher education and a degree.

Now, starting looking at colleges, universities and trade schools to find your perfect match.

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