Part of the purpose of going to college or post-secondary school is to learn to do effective research that will help you make informed decisions. The best decisions are made based on gathering a lot of different information and drawing conclusions from that data.
Many people base their decisions on what their friends think, what they heard on the news or social media, or other sources. But this may or may not be accurate or truthful. It’s important to keep in mind that articles you may read, as well as books, television programs, and other information, may be biased toward a particular view or agenda that they want to promote.
In other words, there is a vast difference between fact and opinion.
A fact is something that can be proven either by firsthand observations and evaluation or through some scientific means such as deductive reasoning. Deductive reasoning is a type of logical thinking that requires that you consider all of the facts you know to be true, then apply them to the situation at hand to make an informed decision.
Who do you believe?
Another way to make sure the conclusions you are drawing are accurate is to consider the source. In fact, you should do effective research to analyze the source. Look up the background of the person who is making a claim or statement and consider what motive they have to write or say what they are saying. Some news commentators and writers are quite skilled at using words in such a way that it is hard to prove (or disprove) what they said. In other words, their statement may hold fragments of truth. But remember that a statement or opinion is not true unless the entire statement is true.
This skill is commonly exercised on multiple choice tests. Teachers create multiple choice answers with a partial truth within it, to see how carefully the test-taker has read the material, as well as the question. In college, you need to be like a detective and scrutinize what you read and view, assuming that some of it is opinion, rather than fact.
Making decisions is one of the most basic freedoms we have in America. Socialist countries like Venezuela do not have this luxury right now, because they are run by a dictator who takes all of their personal freedoms away.
Be thankful you live in a country that allows you the right to choose your own life and for the capitalist system that allows you to choose what kind of school or career you will have. The amount of money you can make is unlimited under this system and you can be successful if you never give up and apply your skills.