Success in life is more than just graduating from the “best” college. However, finding the college that’s the best fit for you can help facilitate that success. Your best fit college may not be the school ranked #1 by US News, or the school your parents went to, or the school your best friend is applying to – you get the idea. So how do you find college that will help you pave the path to success?
Jullien Gordon has some advice on that topic in this TEDxTalk. Jullien talks about the four types of capital that you need to develop in order to achieve success
- Personal capital
- Intellectual capital
- Social capital
- Financial capital
Understanding these four types of capital can help you choose a college that will open doors for your future.
As Jullien explains, you must be able to answer the question “Why do I want to go to college?”. To answer that question, you need to know yourself. Use the summer to consider what these four types of capital mean to you and why you want to go to college. An answer to this question will help you define the best fit college for you.
There is more to going to college than showing up on campus the first day with schedule and books in hand. Whether it is next summer or years away, use the summer to plan and prepare for going away from home and for getting on campus. Below we’ve shared interviews with two experts – one is a NY Times best-selling author who wrote a book on college transition, and the other is a current college student. Hear what advice they have for you on preparing for college.
The Importance of People, Places and Patience for Going to College
Learn why these three things are important in college from Harlan Cohen, a New York Times best-selling author. View video.
5 Tips for Excelling in School
What can you do to make school easier? Hear about a student’s journey going from high school to college. Mohammad shares what made college easier and a more rewarding experience. View video.
Based on the video interviews create a list of three action items to complete this summer to help you prepare for the college transition. Examples might include: learn a new study skill (use the Learning Styles survey to get ideas), get organized for your fall classes, create a time management plan (start using a calendar to keep track of appointments and deadlines), etc.