Getting in to college is only the beginning of the journey. The most important action is choice. We know you’ll get in to a college or university, but it should be the college that is perfect for you, your needs, and your dreams. Any college can grant you a diploma and teach you a skill set. But you want and deserve more from your college education than that. Besides, it is the most expensive purchase you will make other than when you buy your first home. You need a college where you will thrive, develop your talents, where you feel free to take academic risks, and experiment with talents you didn’t even know you You need a place where you can become the best version of your best self.
So why is inspired choice so important? Aren’t all the top tier colleges great. Don’t all of the state universities offer great opportunities? Yes. Absolutely. But is it the best opportunity for you, for your needs, and your goals? Look. There are over 4,000 colleges and universities out there, but there are just a few that are simply perfect for you and your family. So, how does this work? How do you know which one is just right? How do you avoid the pitfalls other face?
Three things help you make decisions that lead to great achievement. They are: Intention, motivation, and inspiration. With IMI, you will have staying power and the mind set to choose well. You’ll also have a wonderful time with your choice. You will have a fun time in college while learning new things, meeting new friends, and making awesome discoveries. That is what your college experience should be.
Take out a sheet of paper and write the word Intention at the top. Now take your time and think about what you intend for your life. What kind of person do you intend to be, what do you intend to do, to become? When you know what you intend for your life, what the ultimate goal is, that knowledge will direct your actions, the colleges you will consider, the people you will include in your life, how you spend your time, and so much more. Intention sets the pace. Don't worry if you are not sure. Just write what come to mind first.
Motivation propels you to the next step. It makes you take action even when you don’t feel like it. It is essential for forward movement toward your goals. Your desire for something greater than what you have now can move you to act when nothing else can. So what motivates you. What just really turns it up for you.
Finally, Inspiration can fill your whole being with the power to achieve great and wonderful things. What inspires you is personal and special and something only you know for sure. Take your time with this one.
I encourage you to start a new journal just for this college admissions journey. Choose one in your favorite color and a pen with an ink color you will love. Make this a fun creative experience. You will be amazed at what you will learn about you.
Your IMI may not be clear to you now and that’s ok. I assure you, you will get clarity on the most important issues as you do the work. I will be here to hold your hand and give you clear guidance along the way. You are beginning a journey that will change your life.
Carolyn Croom Baker
As an educational consultant who firmly believes in college access for all who desire it, I will share with you, the best tips on getting into the best colleges and securing the financial support for your dreams. I encourage others to share their thoughts. Make your college admissions goals happen..