Marcy’s Monday Minute: Why Do I Need to Go to College??

Whew, I’ve graduated, no more school – I’m free!!!  Congratulations for your success.  Now, its time for college – yippee!!!

Oh, you’re probably saying to yourself, more school?  Yep, that’s right – think of it – aren’t you excited?  Well, you will be after I tell you all that college can do for you and your life…

  • Did you know by going to college you will gain 10 times more skills than you currently have.
  • You will have more job opportunities because college graduates are given opportunities that the average person may not get.

  • Money!!!  We all want money.  On average someone that spends a minimum of 2 years in college will earn $250,000 more in a lifetime that a person that does not go to college.  Ok, you did not hear me – OVER A QUARTER OF A MILLION DOLLARS MORE!!!

  • College can also help you in not only gaining knowledge in that particular subject, but also increase your ability to think, analyze and make better decisions.
  • Your potential is more easily identifiable and you can now work toward establishing personal goals, get involved in the community and explore other areas you may not have know you had any kind of interest in whatsoever.
One thing I want you to keep in mind, you MUST have an education to be successful.  Whether it’s a 4-year college, community college, trade school, certification program – you must expand your knowledge, gain skills and learn, learn, learn…

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Marcy’s Monday Minute: I Have Not Received an Acceptance Letter – Now What?

So, it’s been weeks and you still have not received the college acceptance letter – don’t get discouraged.  Now is the time to keep moving forward.  Did you know that there are over 5,000 colleges in theUS– so, 1 letter not received should not stop your plan to attend college.

First thing I need you to do is to not give up and to stay positive.  This is a test of your endurance and commitment to your dream.

Secondly, talk to your career coach about options.  KaKY is a great place to start by posting your question.  A career coach will help you with your issues regarding college, applying and next steps.  You should also talk to your guidance department or counselor – you would be surprised at the number of counselors that have contacts at various colleges.

Next, continue applying.  Honestly, you should apply for several colleges at one time – but, if

you only applied for one, then look for those whose application deadlines have not passed and apply.

Contact the school and inquire to the status of your application.  Sometimes, it can be something as simple as you forgot to initial a box to maybe one reference letter is missing.

Finally, apply to another college (it may not be the one you want to attend at that time) and then re-apply to the one you do want to attend.  You may need to transfer schools, but at least you will not miss any school time waiting.

Remember the odds of 10 – for every 10 applications, 1 will respond – so apply to at least 100 and you are almost guaranteed to get 10 responses.  Good Luck and as always you can contact me on my social network at with specific questions.


Marcy’s Monday Minute: The Time is Now, Opportunities Await – Pursue Your Education

Have you thought about your education and how much it really means to your success in life.  The economy is crazy and competition for jobs is at an all time high.  According to USA Today, “Last June through August, just 32.7% of teens worked, down from 45% for the same period in 2000, according to seasonally adjusted data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Unemployment for 16-to-19-year-olds hit 21.7% in March, up from 15.8% last March, according to the bureau. That’s the highest rate since 1992. New data will be released Friday.”

In fact, the only real way one can compete is through education and training.  The sad truth is that many of our youth take for granted that when they graduate, they will find a job, make money and live happily ever after.  Sure, you’ll go to college, but do you really understand the value it has for your life.

Think about this, more students come to the U.S. than to any other country in the world for a quality education.  The U.S. Department of Commerce states that foreign students put over $20 billion dollars into the U.S. economy paying for their education. How about this, China sends more students to the U.S. than any other country – 128,000 students in 2009.

Another fact, there are over 1,500 4-year universities in the U.S., so you have plenty of options.  You see, American education has a good reputation in other countries.  You need to take advantage of the opportunities that await you in your quest for education.  Make yourself competitive in the job market – don’t  wait for it to be handed to you – it does not work like that anymore.  

Go for what you know and what you don’t know, LEARN IT!


Happy November!! College Prep Time

Happy November!   Time has fallen back – but do not fall behind on your college preparation.  College Applications DUE SOON!!  See checklist of some things to include.  #KaKY #collegePrep http://www.12kaky.comKaKY Korner Nov2


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