In the United States, students are taught to continually push themselves to reach their goals and dreams by parents and teachers from an early age. This tactic, though often successful, causes tremendous amounts of stress on children and teenagers. This stress and frustration increases when such set goals are not met.
An example of this would be of a student who is driven, disciplined, smart, and dedicated. To most, this person would be “perfect” for their dream university but still does not get accepted. When this happens, it is easy to feel discouraged and disappointed. It is common for students to feel a little lost when they lose the path that they had been building stone by stone throughout their four years. But here’s the trick: rather than building a path, you were building yourself as an individual. An individual that is still perfect for many others schools.
According to an article published by The Washington Post, there are around 5,300 colleges in the U.S. alone, ranging from beauty schools to Harvard. Even if you do not get into your first choice school, there are many other great institutions you can attend. “My dream school was MIT, but now I am considering UCLA, UC Berkeley, and Boston College and I feel happy about the way things have turned out,” senior Victoria Cordovez said after going through the stressful college application process. Although it may not seem that way now, your efforts were not useless. Your experiences have prepared you for where you were truly meant to go, and they will be useful to you in the future. You might end up at Berkeley instead of Stanford, or FIU instead of UF, but your skills will be the same, and acquiring an education will still help you grow in many ways, no matter where you go. “It’s really not a big deal if you stay in Miami. You can still go to a great college, visit your friends, eat with your family, save money, and if you want you can transfer out at the end of the semester and apply to your dream school,” said former MAST student Regina Saldana, who is now attending Miami-Dade Honors College.
In the end, I firmly believe that it is in the student to make the most of the college, and to take as many opportunities to learn as possible. After all, college is there to give you the tools and experience you will need to succeed in the future jobs and projects you embark on. If you have always been a strong, self-driven individual, always taking advantage of the opportunities available to you there is no reason why this should change in college, no matter where you go. You are who you are, and in the end you will make the most of any institution you choose to attend. After all, college is there there to help you but just like in most things in life, it is up to you to make the most out of the experience. Remember, you can go to any school and make the most of it.