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Choosing Between Colleges

A RealWorld Student writes…

I am having a difficult time choosing between two great colleges. I have been accepted at both, how do I choose?
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Choosing a Major

“You can lead a student to college but you can’t make him think.”

This is particularly true when it comes to choosing a major.

Choosing a major can be one of the most stressful times in a student’s life. Why? Because most students feel like they’ll face the firing line if they make the wrong decision.
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Paying for College

A RealWorld Student writes:

Dear Prof. Martin:

My question is that I finally know what I want to study in college; it’s biomedical engineering. I want to transfer to another college to study it b/c my school doesn’t offer it. This is my second year. I don’t have the money to transfer, and my grade point average is not excellent, but I’m a hard working student and I’ve had a lot of problems and hard life. What should I do?
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Making Extra Money

“Becoming a Money Magnet”

Making and saving money are usually a college student’s favorite dream and worst nightmare. I don’t believe I need to distinguish which one is which.

Believe it or not, making extra money isn’t that difficult; however, keeping it is another story. For now, we’ll just focus on making it.

John D. Rockefeller once said that the only difference between a rich person and a poor person is how each DECIDES to spend his or her time.
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Counting Your Blessings

A Student Writes:

I have learned a very important lesson this past year. In March of last year my father lost his leg in an accident at work. My family and I were devastated. My father loved his job, and was a very active man. He was not the type of person who could just sit inside and do nothing. As a result of my father’s disability, my family had to get used to living off a third (1/3) of the income we were used to. My mom couldn’t work because she had to constantly bring my father to doctors, hospitals, etc.
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Learning From Other Peoples’ Success

Normally, I don’t share what I’ve written to students in my class with others, but in this particular case, I thought my response to this particular student could potentially help many others.

The scenario is this: I gave my students a semester-long project in which they had to 1.) identify their passion, and 2.) then interview three professionals who were working in that field. Then they were asked to type a two-page paper about what they learned as a result of the experience. The professionals selected could either be pursuing the field, currently working in the field, or retired from the field. The only stipulation would be that the person interviewed had to be passionate about his or her work.

Well, this particular student not only failed to complete the assignment, but he decided to turn in a three-page (typed) paper on why he thought the project was flawed. I gave him half-credit for at least turning in something, but I attached the following letter in response to his paper. By reading my response to him, I hope you’re able to garner some wisdom along your search for “purpose” and meaning in your own career pursuits. I left out his name to protect the guilty.
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