Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Girl Talk--Getting an Education

There's a lot to be considered in getting a higher education. Where do you go? Why do you go there? What do you study? How to you apply it afterward. College life was hands-down one of my favorite times--for the socialization aspect as well as for the educational aspect. Some parts of college, though, kicked my butt. I wasn't prepared for some of it. What's more, I didn't really put a lot of thought into life after college--specifically life after college married with kids. I wonder how different my choices would have been if I had. Today I've got two awesome ladies handing out some great advice. If you are looking at getting a college education or know someone who is, please share this post. If you're in school or have finished school, I'd love to hear your thoughts as well. Join us now for some Girl Talk!

Meet Aubrey


What was the emphasis on education like for you growing up?

 I was always a good student. There was never pressure to go to college, but at the same time I never thought about not going. I always planned to graduate from high school and go straight to college. My parents are very supportive and wanted all of us to decide for ourselves what we wanted to do with our lives,

How did you decide where to further your education? What factors did you consider?

I definitely planned to go to college, but I never knew for sure where I wanted to go. When it came time to apply, I made plans to attend a local university in North Carolina with one of my best friends. I also applied to BYU because my dad went there. I didn't have any plans to go but figured I should at least apply. My family ended up moving to Utah right after my high school graduation. I still had the option to attend the local university, but with my family leaving I changed my plans and went to BYU.

 How did you decide what field to go into? How did you know it was the right field for you?

I had a really hard time deciding what to do. I went to college planning to study medicine. I changed my mind but took a while to decided what to do. After a study abroad in the Dominican Republic, I decided to study Spanish with a minor in Marriage, Family, and Human Development. My Spanish classes were really hard and not very enjoyable, and I really liked my other classes. I was close to graduation and decided to switch my major and minor. I was determined to graduate the next year so I made the choice based a lot on timing. I was really stressed about the decision but also didn't want to spend more time and money trying to figure it out. I made the decision in part to still graduate on time, but I also felt like it was the right decision, too.
  
Did you have any setbacks, challenges, etc..while getting your post high school education?

 My biggest setback or challenge was deciding what to study and what I wanted to do with my education once I was done. I worked really hard in high school and did very well. Once I got to college, I was so surprised how smart everyone was. I had to work so much harder and didn't always see the same results. That was also challenging.

 Do you have any advice/additional comments regarding obtaining a college education?

I loved a lot of my classes, and I really like my degree. I came out of college with a degree not a career. Even though it wasn't required, I did an internship my last semester. My advice is to get as much experience during school as possible.

Posts on this topic by Aubrey:

Random Rambling, Inspired, The Key to Discipline


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What was the emphasis on education like for you growing up?

 One of the most important aspects of growing up for me was education. Both of my parents emphasized the importance of earning an education to be successful in life's many journeys. Though successful neither of my parents were told by their parents about higher education and that was a very strong motivator in their decision to guide me along the path of earning a college degree. I was often told how important it was to do well in school so I could earn scholarships and be admitted into a university. My school career always came before childhood leisure and eventually paid off.

How did you decide where to further your education? What factors did you consider?

During high school I used to spend hours deciding which college to attend. I had no idea what I wanted to do so that didn't help in the decision process. I had earned a $20,000 scholarship but that was hardly a dent in some university tuitions, which sadly became a large deciding factor. I also didn't want to be too far from my family. I was dating my, now husband, at the time and he was headed to California for school which interested me a lot. He and I tossed around ideas of different universities to attend when we finally found one that was cost efficient, close to home, had programs that piqued our interest, was accredited, and that we would both love to attend

 How did you decide what field to go into? How did you know it was the right field for you?

Veterinarian, medical examiner, teacher, psychiatrist, or forensics? I constantly changed my mind on what I wanted to do in life. One thing was certain though: I wanted my career to be involved with people. The university I attended had a really good psychology program and I knew that could take me into a variety of fields that worked with a range of individuals. So upon being admitted into school I was declared a psychology major and happily graduated as one.

 Did you have any setbacks, challenges, etc..while getting your post high school education?

As far as challenges go my biggest one was working while going to school. My scholarship couldn't cover out or state fees, textbook costs, supplies, and regular tuition so a job was a must along with student loans. I worked at the university in the President’s Office as a student assistant and my work and school scheduled was crammed into an 8am to 7pm time slot. Most breaks between classes were spent working and after 

 Do you have any advice/additional comments regarding obtaining a college education?

The biggest piece of advice that I can offer is that college degrees are becoming a dime a dozen so make sure to enhance your education (and personal experiences) with any extracurricular activities that you can whether it is volunteering, studying abroad, or joining on campus clubs. I ended up graduating with honors in my major, which I would also highly recommend.

Other posts by Mercedes on this topic:
College Graduation Memories



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