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One of the first things students should look at when deciding to apply to college is what type of school they want to go to. Quinton goes through the different forms of higher education.
Publish Date: Mar 10, 2021
When trying to decide what college or university to spend the beginning of your adult life at, it's easy to get overwhelmed by all the elements every school has to offer. One of the first things students should look at when deciding to apply is what type of school they want to go to. Vocational and career colleges are typically for those looking to learn different skills to help them in the workforce, community colleges offer associates degrees in programs that can be beneficial to specific careers, and can act as a stepping stone to a four year university. Then there are those full on colleges and universities, and even the differences in those can be broken down to pick the right school for you.
So next I want to talk about the different types of colleges. So as we talk through these, I want you to just keep in mind that each of the types of colleges that we're going to go over essentially are preparing you for a range of careers. They have different, uh, cost amounts, and they offer a variety of degrees and certificates. Let's first start at vocational and career colleges. Let's let's take a take a stop there, Um, and just kind of focus on what these are really all about. Essentially, when you think about a vocational or career college, think of these as, um, institutions that offers specialized training in a particular industry or career. And I want you to consider these post secondary options as typically offering certificates or associate programs for individuals who are interested in jobs like computer programming or dental system. And if you choose to enroll in a vocational or career college, there's a chance that your classes will take place in the evenings and over the weekends. Next, let's talk about community colleges now. You probably have already heard about community colleges, and if you have not definitely make sure that you check out some of my earlier podcast episodes and just kind of dig through them and you'll. You'll come across conversations where we talk about the importance of considering a community college. But community colleges essentially offer two year associate degrees that prepare you in many cases to transfer to a four year college or university where you can earn a bachelor's degree. But the reason why many people that I know have chosen a community colleges that they are often an affordable option with relatively low tuition. And they also offer a social degrees and certificates that focused on preparing you for a particular career like becoming, let's, say, an airplane technician or a restaurant manager or an accountant. And the third option is to look at our four year colleges, which offer programs that lead to a bachelor's degree. And these include universities and liberal arts colleges. But I want you to keep in mind that universities are typically larger than colleges and universities typically offer more majors and degree options than, say, colleges like. For example, universities may in many cases offer bachelor's and master's and doctoral program, so if you're interested in becoming let's say, an engineer or a pharmacist or an educator. Then you may, um, look to attend a four year college or university, which might be a better fit for you again. Which one of these you choose is based on what's best for you, not because someone tells you or even treats you like. You're not smart enough because you have chosen a career school or community college and not a four year college or university, because I am sick of it. I am sick of people trying to tell you that just because you don't go to a four year college that you're not smart enough or just because you don't have a four point oh or Perfect S A T or a CT or an elemental P score that you are not smart enough because guess what, you already have permission to not be perfect. Do your best. Yes, work hard. Yes, be perfect. No, and besides, you're more than your test scores. Test scores. GPS can tell us some things about where we can improve, but they will not tell you everything because there are so many other ways of being smart that a test score can't measure you are valuable and don't let anyone or anything tell you otherwise. By the way, did you know that Dr Martin Luther King Jr got a C in public speaking? But that didn't stop him from giving the I Have a dream speech? And Did you know that the University of Southern California reportedly rejected Steven Spielberg from attending three times? Did you know that Walt Disney was fired by a newspaper editor? Because, quote unquote, he lacked imagination and had no good ideas? Katy Perry sold only 200 copies of our first album, and if you are a Beyonce fan, Beyonce's younger group lost one of their first major competition star search. And when the history books are written in the future, they will include many of your names. Many of you will start peace sinners, discovered new medical cures or build new educational institutions, and we will be telling people, Can you believe so? And so got a D in math. And now he's the CEO of a highly successful organization, and can you believe that so and so didn't get into her first choice college. But now she is a college president, so I want you to hold your head up and keep believing in yourself, even when it feels like no one else does, based on the decisions that you may make around a kind of college or post secondary option you choose.