I'm worried about college. I want to be extremely successful and I've got big dreams but I'm afraid they won't come true because I won't get into the right college. I'm nowhere near where I need to be academically but I think I can make it in this world.
LIZard0121 LIZard0121
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4 Responses Aug 17, 2014

The "meeting the right people, with an open attitude" answer is 100% correct! Networking should never end.

I want to add something, though. I know plenty of people who went to a not-so-great college for undergrad, made great grades while not under nearly as much pressure, and then went to an Ivy League or 2nd tier school for their master degree. They are now the top people in their field and they saved so much money.

They will :)

It's all about meeting the right people, with an open attitude. You can find the right people who will help you on your path anywhere you look. Just find what speaks to you and go with it. More prestigious colleges may set higher standards, but that doesn't mean you need them to set your own high standards. Sometimes the smartest and most capable people avoid places where "achievement" is most important, it stifles creativity. The world is a lot more simple than you think, it just depends on what you want, and how you approach getting it. You'll do fine.

I think college is definitely important, but it's certainly not the be all end all.

I know many people who became extremely successful without the help of college, and others who soared through their whole schooling career and struggled to find themselves afterward.

At the end of the day, academia isn't for everyone.

What's important to realize is that hard work is what's most important in making your dreams come true, no matter what route you take. College or elsewhere.

That sounds like a page out of the conservative handbook. Despite that I agree with you, but the college you go to determines the networks and circles your in which gives you a huge advantage in the job market.

Your persistence and dedication to yourself is what will pay off in the long run.

In the meantime, if a good college is the path you feel you need to take, All you can do at this point is work hard enough to get there. Nothing else you can do

I agree with what you're saying, but I guess the point I'm trying to make is that these circles don't exclusively exist within the college atmosphere.

One of my closest friends is a musician who after highschool, moved to the city and found himself in a group of creative like minded people. This was an eclectic group of photographers, writers, videographers and musicians, and through collaborating with each other, most of them were able to become fairly prominent within the art world by helping each other out.

On the other end, I have friend who dropped out of college and ended up being very successful on her own in the real estate game.

I am by no means encouraging you to not go to college, but my point is this: your degree won't make you successfully, o

That's real life right there.

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