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During a teen’s high school years, a lot of preparation is involved in getting them groomed for college.

But, what happens when these graduates finally end up at the universities they worked so hard to get into? As young adults are thrust into a new world of accountability and responsibility, their future is dependent upon a formulating a new plan: one that will help them make the most out of college, one that will acknowledge the possibility of attending graduate programs, and one that can help them learn how to prepare for grad school. It’s not enough to just show up for your university courses and hope everything will fall into place. You need to make your college education a purposeful one.

Maximizing the University Experience: What Students Should Be Doing Besides Going to Class

In order to make the time spent in higher education more directed and purposeful, you’re going to need to figure out what you’re ultimate goal is. Whether you plan on sliding into a career or are thinking about graduate programs, there are things you need to be doing besides going to class. You will want to attend seminars or conferences in your field of interest, do internships, seek out a mentor, and network with other students and teachers. It’s also a good idea to fill your elective course options with both complementary and abstract subjects. As you move through college, it’s important to remember that aside from earning solid grades and completing your courses, it’s the relationships you have built that will become your biggest asset in the future.

Planning for After the Degree: Grad School or Career?

Preparation is key when it comes down to success after college, and while part of that success might include additional education through graduate programs, at the end of the day, it all comes down to getting a job. In fact, you shouldn’t be focused on just any job, either, you should be considering the fact that you really need to be able to carve out a career.

Unfortunately, college students sometimes get lost in the new life they are leading and end up leaving before they graduate. Although this can happen for a variety of reasons, it often occurs because the student has either succumbed to a substance abuse problem, or because they have other issues (depression, trauma, anxiety, etc.) distracting them from their goals. While the whole college experience can be fun and exciting, it can also be very stressful.

When things don’t go as planned, sometimes it’s beneficial to get help from a trusted independent living program that can help struggling young adults transition into their adult life – and  At The Crossroads provides such help. Their “At the Crossroads” pathway to success program not only provides treatment and therapy where needed, but they work with the local colleges and universities to help their participants find the right path for their future. If you need help, it’s there. No one has to do it alone.

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