I believe, that Research is VERY important when it comes to informing yourself and making your plans.
Don’t rely on what others say alone. Get some unbiased informal advice and Info! People can tell you all they want, but the real facts are (and always will be) the best.
So, now that you have considered your Passions, Talents and Career Options; it’s time to consider College, University, Work-and-Travel, further job training, Internships, Mission work etc.
You might say: “All of that… Right now!?” “How should I make up my mind, right at this moment?” Don’t get me wrong! I am not trying to force you to make up your mind and stick to the plan… Mark Twain states in the last Picture/Quote I posted: “Explore. Dream. Discover.” And that’s all I am encouraging you to do. Discover and Explore different ways of achieving the goal you have set for your life!
Let’s say you live like I do in two countries; In what country would you want to study? Even if you don’t live in two or more countries… You still could study somewhere else, like let’s say Europe!? The answer? Research! Research the requirements, the prerequisites, the living conditions and so on…
Or let’s say you want to study Psychology or similar; What Colleges and/or Universities offer the better program? What and where is that College? Student Loans? Scholarships? The answer?? Research! Do research on the individual University website and just inform yourself. As I have mentioned… I am not wanting to cause you anxiety or stress. I am just supporting the idea of getting the “big picture”. :)
Another experience from my life: When I was keen on the Idea of studying Journalism, I did research on the two main Uni’s in Arizona; ASU and UofA… I looked at everything there was on the Website and used the Estimated Tuition Cost Calculator one too many times. I literally burned myself out. Due to the fact that I am an over-thinker and over-planner, this was normal to me. But it shouldn’t be; and that’s when I realized I had to let go. So I did. And it was hard. BUT (in my case) it’s not worth stressing out and making yourself sick.
And little did I know… My perspective on things changed once I let it all go. From the thought: “I HAVE to have things planned out, tuition fees calculated, scholarship applications printed out” to “It really doesn’t matter right now. What happens, happens. Let’s first make Highschool count.”
And that will be my next Tip: Making Highschool count.
There’s this one bible verse that has always stuck with me from Colossians 3:23…. : “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart.”
No matter how much research, planning and organizing you do, make sure you do it with your heart involved. Don’t forget it, ’cause you can easily fall into something that sounded good at the time, but later on “smacks you in the face”, leaving nothing but regret.
Sounds good? It gets better! :) Follow my blog and watch out for the last 2 Tips, leading to the #1 Tip of Holding your future!