My wife Kathy and I were sitting at the dining room after the kids had gone to bed. We were discussing our current financial situation, my job and how we were ever going to save for our kids college education.
I am employed as a mechanic in a company that sells and services air compressors. Ive been out of high school for nearly 10 years now and make $12.00 an hour. You know it’s tough trying to support my wife, our two daughters, and myself. I work a lot of overtime to pay the bills, but that means I spend less time with my family. I feel like Im stuck in neutral without any chance of advancement. I’ve been a mechanic since the day I graduated high school and given little thought or vision about my future until I got married and my daughters were born.
I’m good at what I do, but I know I can do better with more knowledge and technical training. But without extensive experience, most employers wont hire me without a technical degree. There has to be a better way to get a bigger paycheck and have a career. Thats what I want, a career with an opportunity to move in management or a supervisory role, working with other mechanics. I could continue trying to find a job with more skill and try to convince the employer that I am competent, but I haven’t had much success with that.
My wife suggests that I should enroll in a technical or vocational school, that offers a curriculum that is tailored to what I want to do. I believe she is right. I might have to go to night school and on the weekends for a year and spend less time with my family, but the trade-off is well worth it. I can enroll in an advanced mechanical repair training program and mix in some management classes. That way I can advance my mechanical knowledge, and get certified in specialty applications, which employers pay additional for when seeking qualified employees and be introduced to basic management.
What I would gain is a career, not a job. With a career, comes more knowledge, skill, and responsibility, as well as more in the weekly paycheck. Employers are looking for individuals that are well rounded and not limited to certain skills. Once I graduate from the vocational school with a degree in a specialized area, my chances of getting a new job and career will increase immensely.
There’s the old saying, In order to make money, you got to spend money and that is what I am going to do. I’ll figure out a way to come up with funding for my tuition or maybe see if I qualify for a government backed student loan.
My wife and daughters have given me the reason to make a better life for all of us. I’m going to have a career that I can be proud of.
As a student I am always looking for ways to finance my education. One of the best ways for me to finance my education is to get a scholarship. With scholarships I can get a huge discount on the costs of my education and therefore make it more affordable for me. When it comes to scholarships, they will be able to serve a number of purposes for me. These include financing an undergraduate degree program, financing a graduate degree program, lowering the overall cost of my education and also giving me more opportunities to get the education I seek.
One of the things that a scholarship can help me accomplish is to finance my undergraduate degree. Using a scholarship will help me get the financing I need in order to pay for the cost of my bachelors degree program. Instead of having to pay thousands of dollars per year to get my bachelors degree, the scholarship can make it easier as I will be able to get the education I need at a much lower price. This will allow me to more easily get what I need without causing too much financial strain. It will also make things easier in general as it will help me focus on my studies and prevent me from having to worry about how I will pay for my undergraduate education.
Another purpose that a scholarship can serve for me is financing my graduate degree. If I decide to attend medical school, law school, business school or a masters or doctorate degree program, a scholarship can help me come up with the funds to cover the cost of these programs as well. Since graduate education is even more expensive and costly than undergraduate education, the scholarships I receive will help me get this form of education with little to no difficulty.
With a scholarship, I will have the means to lower the overall cost of my education. When a student such as myself decides to attend college, I need to keep in mind how much it will cost to get the education I need. Since education costs have soared in recent years, college education has become quite unaffordable for many people including myself and therefore and therefore I need a way to lighten the burden financially. A scholarship gives me just that as I can get my education at a reduced rate.
By getting a scholarship, I will have the ability to take advantage of a number of educational opportunities that I may seek. A scholarship offers me a reduced cost of education and therefore makes it easier for me to get the schooling I want. This will then allow me to get into a career of my choice and receive a number of benefits such as a higher salary, more satisfying career, recognition and also advancement opportunities. Getting a scholarship has enabled me to both benefit from and enjoy my educational experience. As a result, a scholarship has given me the opportunity to more easily get what I want out of my educational experience without having to pay too much for it.
Going to college can seem daunting. Like many potential students, I was nervous about it. However, the college experience is actually quite fun and rewarding. It is nothing at all like the day to day grind of high school. Not only that, but the benefits of getting a college degree are tremendous. I very much enjoyed my college experience, and it definitely set me ahead in terms of the career ahead of me.
When I went to college, I learned that the coursework for college is much different than high school. High school work tends to focus on rote memorization and tedious “busy work”. College coursework is much different. There is little to no “busy work” and is much more self-directed. Often times, you have freedom to choose the specifics of what to write about in an essay. Rather than being asked to merely write reports, college professors often ask you to write about your opinion on something. Also, you get to choose your classes and your major. There are often many options for majors at a college or university. I chose to major in sociology, the study of society.
In college, I had a very vibrant social life. I found that people were quite friendly, and there was plenty of opportunities to socialize. Of course, this will vary depending on the person. However, I have found that the social opportunities in college are quite varied. There are student clubs that are focused around anything from gaming to writing. There is a great multitude of different social events and student activities.
However, it is very important to manage your time effectively. Most of the work is done independently, so you and only you are responsible for managing your time. Luckily, many colleges offer a course in “time management”, “study skills”, or something of the sort. This is not the case everywhere. I did not have the option to take this type of course. Time management was covered during orientation week though.
Once you graduate college, the benefits economically are enormous. I am planning on getting certified as a teacher. This opportunity would not have been available to me, had I not gone to college. Teaching jobs pay far more than most jobs right out of high school. Rather than working for low wages, teachers are paid as much as 80-100 thousand dollars a year!
I have personally found that academics are highly important, especially in various areas of my life. It is important to have a good grounding in as many academic subjects as possible as I have discovered in my search for the right career for my needs. This enables the person, like me and like many other people that I have known over the years, who are looking to get a good education to have the means to do so right at their fingertips. Those who are able to get the best education possible will find that, like me, they can often have exactly the kind of career they desire.
In recent years, before I thought about going to college, I began to realize just how important it is to learn as much as possible. Mastering academic subjects allows someone to be able to accomplish all of their plans and goals. As I discovered, once I began to truly take my education seriously, the doors of higher education were right in front of me and I had the key to push them forward. It quickly became clear to me that once I was able to buckle down and take my studies seriously, I would be able to go anywhere and do anything I wanted academically. That revelation was delightful, astonishing and a bit scary all at the same time. Older adults like myself may worry that they aren’t quite up to the job of academic work. However, like me, they may find that growing older has only meant growing wiser and better at all kinds of academics.
Many adults like myself also benefit because we know exactly how to navigate various kinds of testing and higher education requirements. We are highly familiar with the the kind of persistence that may be required in order to get something done effectively. Many of us find that we are also able to retain far more than we had thought and far more comfortable in our own skin than others who are younger than we are right now.
Another factor that can help older students do well academically is our willingness to accept help of all kinds. Many of us know that we don’t always know everything. We know that others often have a greater base of knowledge and there is no stigma or shape attached to seeking out their help. I have had struggles with math in the past. In my efforts at academic achievement, I have found it necessary to get help from others who are far more competent with the subject than I will ever be. This has helped me get the kind of academic result that I want. It has also helped me become more self confident and feel better knowing that I can learn to master just about any subject that I might choose to study. This kind of academic confidence is a feeling that all students should allow themselves to have in order to be truly happy as a student.