This saying became popular in the 1980s and was popularized by the famous movie, “Back to the Future and a pop song by Timbuk3 that spoke about the world beyond school and the dreams the singer had for the future.
Most high school and college students can relate to this concept because they usually have high hopes for their future as they think about what their life will be like in a few years. But an element of practicality should also be present when considering what one’s future might be like.
Training for a career by studying toward a degree is one of the best ways to do this. But make sure the money spent on a college degree will pay off by creating a salary that will help pay down your student debt in a reasonable time period.
It’s important that students learn to do deep research independently. This is a skill they need not only to find the information they need to make the right decisions on schools and careers but also to research anything they need to learn in school and in life. Students should understand that not every website is truthful or accurate and to keep searching until they find the information they need so that they can make a more informed decision.
Keep in mind that there’s something to be said for non-academic research as well. Just start searching for information on a topic and cover all of the aspects of it yourself until you have several notes on it, citing respected sources. Question everything and keep digging until you learn to distinguish between fact and fiction and between persuasive and factual text.
A Reality Check for College Freshmen
Hopes are always high when entering school for the first time, and that’s great. A positive attitude goes a long way toward moving someone toward their goals. But make sure and temper this with a dose of reality. As you enter your major of choice, be sure to find out how your industry is doing and list all of the jobs you might be able to get (along with predicted salaries) over the next four years. That way, you can tell if it is going to be worth it to stick with this goal or whether you should consider a different path.