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A College Degree is Within Your Grasp: Believing in Yourself is the Key

Anyone who has ever gone to college, whether at a traditional on-campus school or an online university, will admit to having doubts about whether they would succeed. When you are just beginning the process, it can seem overwhelming. Perhaps you have a full-time job, or family responsibilities, or feel you don't have the academic background needed to do well in a university atmosphere.

The truth is you are not alone. Everyone has entertained these thoughts. The main thing to remember is, if earning a college degree is important to you and you are willing to devote the time and energy to achieve it, there is nothing to stop you from succeeding and realizing your goal.

Believing in yourself is one of the greatest keys to success. This holds true for all areas of your life- school, career, and family.

The U.S. (and much of the world) is facing an economic slowdown of enormous proportions. More and more people are realizing the value of a college degree and how it relates to better job security and higher income. Once you say to yourself "I want this and I can do it", you can be on the path to a brighter future.

Getting an online degree is the current trend as they are more economical and can be obtained without interrupting your work or family obligations.

The Truth about Test Scores and GPAs: While Important, They are Not the Only Consideration

Many people, perhaps just like you, think that if you don't have a 4.0 GPA and a perfect score on the SAT® or ACT®, you will never be accepted at a college or university. This is just not true

Colleges and universities all have very different admission standards and personal criteria that they look for when considering an applicant. It is important that you apply to those institutions for which you reasonably qualify. Most schools list their admission requirements either on their website or through their catalogues, so you should be able to determine whether you meet these standards.

Students are always encouraged to apply to the colleges which they desire, but it is a good idea to have a few "safe" schools, also. These are institutions at which you are relatively assured of being accepted to.

Remember that you are allowed to take standardized tests, such as the SAT® and the ACT®, as often as you want. So if your first attempt, or even your second try, doesn't produce the scores that you were hoping for, you can always take it again. There are also courses and books available which help in preparing for these tests. You select the schools which will receive your test results, so you can decide which score to send to which institution.

Many students choose to begin their college experience at a community college. Normally, these schools have a less rigorous admissions policy and they can also provide a less intimidating atmosphere in which to begin your higher education. By performing well at a two-year college (although some community colleges are now becoming four-year institutions), many students are then ready to transfer to a larger university to complete their degrees.

Most community colleges have an online component. You get the same high-level instruction, but at your own pace and schedule.

While good grades and good test scores can definitely provide you with more choices as far as where you will be accepted to a college, there are many schools which offer great opportunities for those individuals with less than stellar academic achievements. Just remember that if you truly want to earn your degree, there is a college out there for you.

Breaking Away from the Crowd: Going your Own Way

Remember that in life, there are some things you can control and some things that you cannot. If going to college and earning your degree is what YOU want to do, then follow your dream regardless of what others might say.

It's your future. The successes you achieve in life will be largely in your hands, depending upon your ability, strength and desire.