Congratulations to all of you who graduated from Princeton High School last Friday.
This is a very special time. It marks the beginning of a new chapter in your life and opens a world of endless possibilities — possibilities that may overwhelm you at times.
It’s completely normal to feel a little apprehensive about the transition ahead.
However, your community encourages you in this new season of life and we pass along a little advice if you’re considering college.
With so many colleges to choose from, it’s not uncommon to find yourself torn between several great options. If you’re like most, you want the best experience for the best price. However, it seems like every college promises just that. That’s why it’s essential that you do your homework and visit the colleges you’re considering.
Touring the campus and meeting with staff and faculty is the best way to determine if it’s a good fit. Talking with current students and alumni is another great idea. Sometimes you need to experience a college first hand to know if it’s the one for you.
However, rest assure that it’s not the college that determines the quality of your experience — it’s you.
Whether you go to a community college, private college, or university, the ingredients are the same.
College is what you make it, and it’s your approach that makes the difference.
The secret to college success is a good attitude and hard work ethic. Everything else just seems to fall into place after you’ve established these qualities.
Lastly, don’t worry if you’re undecided on a major. More and more college students are waiting until their freshman or sophomore year to determine that and, even then, many change their mind. Fortunately, with many of the freshman and sophomore requirements being the same, you can narrow it down as you go.
Sometimes the best way to make up your mind is to dive in head first.
Regardless of which route you choose, don’t fret about making the wrong decision — because time spent learning will always be time well spent.
— Jeff Hage, editor, Princeton Union-Eagle