Happy with selection of path and college choice

By Marisa Berti on December 12, 2013
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Now that I am halfway done with my college career and am in my junior year, I have done a lot of reflecting on everything that’s happened in my last two years in college. Looking back on my college career so far, I realize that attending college was the best post-secondary path for me.

When I was a high school student, I knew that it was in my best interest to attend college after graduating from high school. This is because I’ve always had the ambition of helping others in some way, whether it was as a teacher, a counselor, or as any other type of liaison. I knew that I would have to go to college and obtain a degree in order to make this dream happen.
    
Size of college and classes feels right
In terms of where to attend college, I knew it was a great decision to attend Assumption College. There are several reasons I believe that I am in the right place. First of all, I knew that it would be easier to meet new people at a smaller college. For the past two years, I have grown to know so many people. Whether I am walking to class or to a meeting, I always see people I know and never fail to ask how they are doing.

Another aspect about the campus that I really liked was the fact that the class sizes would not be incredibly large. They are about the same size as a high school class, usually 25-30 students. This is suitable for me because it creates a comfortable environment where students are motivated to participate in any lesson and where professors are warm and welcoming.
    
Good career planning resources
Attending Assumption College has also been a perfect fit for me because of all of the resources available to help students prepare for a better future. I knew as a senior in high school that I wanted to attend a college that would have a lot to offer to its students. For example, there is an office where students can work with trained professionals to build their resumes, prepare for interviews, and search for full-time jobs.

I personally have taken advantage of making appointments at this office. Since the beginning of the school year, I have already learned how to make an effective resume that I can use when applying for internships. So far, Assumption College has been such an incredible experience for me, and I am looking forward to seeing what the next two years will bring for me.

Examine strengths and interests, explore options
There are so many options that you can take once you graduate from high school. In order to determine which option works best for you, you really need to sit down and identify your strengths and interests. You can find these through your personality characteristics, your favorite academic areas, or even the extracurricular activities that you partake in.

No matter what it may be, you can always find something that makes you unique and inspires you to go above and beyond. Next, try looking for careers that match your strengths and interests. This may sound a little startling now, but this will allow you to get your brain flowing with potential career ideas.

You can even take that extra step by talking to people who are employed in those professions. You may be curious about how they chose that particular career path and if they have any advice for you in terms of how to find your ideal post-secondary path.
Now I just have one final piece of advice to give you: Your post-secondary search should not end after high school because your possibilities in life are limitless, and that is something to take advantage of.


About the Author

Marisa Berti

Marisa Berti

Assumption College, Worcester, Mass.
Hometown: West Haven, Conn.


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