Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

College Choices about More Than Money ; Look at the Bigger Picture When

Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

College Choices about More Than Money ; Look at the Bigger Picture When

Article excerpt

Last week, first lady Michelle Obamas Reach Higher Initiative promoted more than 1,000 College Signing Day events across the country to celebrate students getting admitted to college, in the same way we celebrate student athletes signing to play on college teams. Shes also been outspoken about her experience choosing a college and how shes been trying to guide her girls.

As a college president, I agree with her advice to focus not on big-name schools or even what career a student hopes to have, but rather on the bigger picture how will they leave behind a better community and world?

I always tell people, the question of what you want to be when you grow up is one that you will eternally be answering. Im still asking myself that question! Mrs. Obama says. What am I going to do when I leave here? How do I want to impact the world? Ive gotten used to the fact that I dont have to know. Im always going to be discovering new parts of myself, and youll find that you will be too.

Here are two ways we can help teens research how a school best prepares a student for a career and a life with real value:

(1) Look for schools that offer more than just solid classroom instruction. Many schools now take their students outside of the academic world to teach them to respond to real-world situations and to work with groups of people they are not familiar with through civic engagement programs.

According to a 2015 survey of business leaders by the Association of American Colleges and Universities, these experiences are invaluable for young people just starting their careers. The survey found:

Nearly all employers (91 percent) agree that for career success, a candidates demonstrated capacity to think critically, communicate clearly and solve complex problems is more important than his or her undergraduate major. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.