10 POWERFUL SECRETS TO GRADUATING FROM COLLEGE.


©2012 by Harry H. Harrison Jr.

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ISBN-10: 098537800X

ISBN-13: 978-0-9853780-0-4


1. PICK A MAJOR EARLY AND STAY WITH IT.

This is simple. You think you want to be an electrical engineer but your failed

high school algebra. Your think you want to be a dentist but you barely

squeaked by high school chemistry. You think you want to major in economics,

but reading statistics puts you to sleep.

So here’s rule number one: Major in a field where you can actually graduate.

But before you choose a major, study the requirements for graduation.

This sounds easy, but so many kids fail out of college not because they’re stupid

but because they picked majors that require them to be especially strong in those

subjects where they are the weakest. Eighty percent of college freshmen have no

idea what they want to major in, even though they’re required to pick a degree plan.

Fifty percent of college students change their major, some three times. And since

every time you change your major, you have to start over in classes to earn your

major, you can spend years and years in school. No wonder over 50% of students

drop out! Because depending on when they changed their mind, they could be facing

an additional three or four years of tuition! My freshman year, my roommate was

a 27 year old forestry major who had changed his degree plan three times!










Chapter One

Pick A Major Early And Stick With It

This is simple. You think you want to be an electrical engineer but you failed high school algebra. Your think you want to be a dentist but you barely

squeaked by high school chemistry. You think you want to major in economics,

but reading statistics puts you to sleep.


So here’s rule number one: Major in a field where you can actually graduate.

But before you choose a major, study the requirements for graduation.

This sounds easy, but so many kids fail out of college not because they’re stupid

but because they picked majors that require them to be especially strong in those

subjects where they are the weakest. Eighty percent of college freshmen have no

idea what they want to major in, even though they’re required to pick a degree plan.


Fifty percent of college students change their major, some three times. And since

every time you change your major, you have to start over in classes to earn your

major, you can spend years and years in school. No wonder over 50% of students

drop out! Because depending on when they changed their mind, they could be facing

an additional three or four years of tuition! My freshman year, my roommate was

a 27 year old forestry major who had changed his degree plan three times!

After I transferred to a new school, I really wanted to be a writer and major

in journalism. Sounds simple. But the school that I chose was just getting their

journalism department off the ground and for reasons that I’m sure the Almighty

doesn’t even know, the school only offered a Bachelor of Science degree in

journalism. This meant that I would have to take two years of math, two years

of science, and two years of a foreign language to get a degree in journalism!


No matter how good a writer I was, I was doomed to failure even before I registered.

Those were my three avoid-at-all-costs classes. My father would have torched

an incredible amount of money and I would have been home in sixty days.

So instead of a journalism degree, I investigated advertising and copywriting.

That school was located in the Fine Arts Department, meaning I would have to

get a Bachelor of Fine Arts to be a copywriter. Fine. The requirements for that

degree, outside of the required core classes all freshmen had to take, meant no

science, math or language classes! I could focus on my strength – writing – and

investigate classes that were related, like radio and TV production, film production,

psychology (If you want to manipulate people, start here) and of course English.


These were my strengths! So in spite of doing a lot of things wrong, and learning some things the hard way, I still graduated with a 3.4 grade point and was a semi-rock star in my little corner of the university.


Now the question, how do you pick a major? Well, let me ask you what do

you like to do? Besides sun tanning or playing video games? But wait a minute,

there’s a fortune to be made in video game production for those with topnotch

5/31there’s a fortune to be made in video game production for those with topnotch

computer skills! And there are hospitality jobs in resorts like Maui or Monaco

where great jobs and sun and fun await! So again I ask you, what do you like to do? To get you started I’m going to enclose a link  (in my book )to an incredible database where you’ll find careers here you didn’t even know existed, the education required, how much you can make, the works.


If you start off with a career in mind, you are leaps and bounds ahead of the

students who have no idea what to major in, because you know what classes

you need to take to graduate. But let’s say you change your mind, or you really

don’t know your strengths – well, that’s the purpose of the first two years.

Take the math classes, the science classes, the literature classes, the language

classes, the business classes – find out what you excel in. You might have

a gift for science you never realized because you didn’t study that hard in high

school. If so, restructure your major. But by your senior year if you’ve amassed

a number of credits in psychology, don’t be an idiot and change your major to

acting or writing. Finish up your courses and graduate.


So lesson number one, pick a major where you can actually graduate. As early

as you can. And don’t change your mind three and half years later.