I quit my full-time office job to go back to University and get a degree. Being an intelligent and logical grown adult, I did this with no research whatsoever. I took out tens of thousands of dollars in student loans, switched majors a few times, and only worked on-campus jobs. Basically, I screwed myself. There’s no one I can blame for that but me.
I’m not alone, though. The things I did, I did with hundreds and thousands of other students. Almost every person I knew at school had loans. Most people picked majors that would qualify them for some amazing job somewhere down the road, with no thought as to what they would do right after graduation. We all partied, crammed, pulled all-nighters, and worked our asses off…… for what? The end result was a small army of people who can run complex statistical analysis, write 20 page research papers, and have hundreds (if not thousands) of peers and professional connections at their disposal. What they can’t do is balance a budget, write a cover letter, or network worth a damn.
Like most of us, I’ve had to start teaching myself these things. Why am I telling you this? So that you don’t end up like me. I can’t go back and change any of my decisions, but maybe I can help you with yours. Hopefully I can help figure out some of the things you need to know, not only to be a student, but to be a grown-up too.