First off, let me give you guys a bit of background info as to how things got to this point:
For starters, I’m not a slouch; I’m not one of those guys who breezed through high school and couldn’t have gone to university anyway. On the contrary, I did well enough to graduate within the top handful of students in my class & to get accepted into every school to which I applied. The problem was…well, I live in the US, and college isn’t free here like it is in many other Western countries, so obviously money played a huge factor in my inability to begin uni immediately. There were also some family & personal issues that I had to contend with & that have since been more or less dealt with, though who knows what might arise over the next few years.
So, in my case, it was never a question of “if” I was going to go to college, but “when.” Over the past few years since I left high school, I’ve worked quite a bit in actual JOBS and have certainly matured a lot as an individual; not to mention all the money I’ve saved up & the fact that I’m probably in a much better situation now than I ever could’ve been in three years ago.
Which brings us up to now: I start at my local junior college on Monday. I’m only taking a couple of classes to start with (I have been out of school altogether for quite a while after all), but I imagine that in subsequent semesters my load will be close to full, and I’m lucky in that all of the AP credits I have put me over a semester ahead already.
At 20, I hope to finish up at the JC level within the next 2.5-3 years and to be finished with school ENTIRELY by the time I’m 25.
Any advice you want to give me? What would be the best way to reintroduce myself to the academic environment? How can I best strike the proper balance between work (which I WILL be doing concurrently with my studies) & school? Has anybody else ever been in a similar situation as me?
Basically, any & all advice is welcome.