GED – Ticket to a College Education

Your GED diploma could be your ticket to a college education. After a few years, when you’ve earned your Bachelor’s Degree, you may wonder what classes to take for your Masters. First, let’s see how your GED qualifies you for a college education.

Once you’ve been in college for a few years, you may think about taking some extra classes. Here are some considerations for when that time will come:

1. What class(es) should I take for my major?

First things first. Even though many college students switch their major several times before deciding, you should start by exploring your current top choice. Take the appropriate intro class or classes, just to start you on the right track.

2. What about general education classes?

Take a good look at your school’s general education requirements. Do any have deadlines? Are there any classes you should take right away? Although you have four years to finish your general education classes, it’s best to get the annoying ones out of the way while you can.

3. Are there any other majors I’m considering?

If you’re trying to decide between a couple of majors, you might want to take an intro class to that field as well. The sooner you can decide what you’d like to major in, the better.

4. Are there any fun classes I can take?

I definitely don’t recommend taking an elective class unless it falls into your major or fulfills a general education requirement. Save those for when your workload is harder when you take upper-division classes.

However, if you can find a class that’s interesting and fulfills some sort of a requirement, go for it. Alternatively, if the class would be in addition to a full workload, go for it, but be prepared to drop it first if necessary.

These very successful people all failed at first

Many people fear that they will fail, and herein lies the main reason that they won’t be successful. Most successful and wealthy people, though, have actually experienced serious setbacks and failures before they became the persons they are today, and they all, to a certain degree, had their failures in the past.

The GED program offers students from underprivileged families the chance to get a degree that qualifies them for a college education. In earlier days, it was particularly former president LBJ that advocated education for everyone through his War on Poverty. Let’s take a look at some very well-known Americans that have a GED.

Steven Spielberg: Steven twice applied to the leading film school of the University of Southern California, and was denied both times. So he went to Cal State in Long Beach, and the rest is history….

Rowland Hussey Macy: His retail adventure could hardly be called a success at first in retail. The first four Macy’s stores that he opened were actually total failures, including the Massachusetts first real Macy’s store.  In the period 1843 to 1855, all his stores went out of business due to very poor consumer demand and disappointing sales.

Sir James Dyson: This British inventor established the Dyson Company, and James absolutely believes in failure. He actually sees failure as a key element towards his success, more like the next step toward genuinely innovative solutions. When James Dyson was inventing the first Dual Cyclone vacuums (by the way, the first one to hit the stores came out in 1993), he had been devoting more than 14 years to the creation of more than 5,000 versions that all failed until he had made a vacuum cleaner that worked the way he wanted. The payoff is clear, as he set up an amazing corporation famous for its revolutionary designs and creativity.

Thomas Edison: This is the man who was giving us so many inventions, such as the light bulb. Success from failure is what characterizes Thomas Edison very well. He understood very well that success requires earlier failure, and that this would not stop him.

Tim Ferris: This is the man who created the ‘the 4 Hour Workweek,’. He has been changing the way many people look at life and work, and Tim’s work was actually rejected by almost thirty publishers until one offered him a chance to publish his great work. Well, The 4 Hour Workweek has been on every bestsellers list nor for years, and the book is available across the world. His last book, The 4 Hour Body, also went immediately to the top position on the bestsellers listing of the New York Times.

What can we learn from this? Well, there’s a sort of learning curve that affects practically every sort of business. For Rowland Macy, the retail business was actually not different. What probably made him successful was the fact that he decided to open a store at a top location in New York City, rather than in locations where demand was weak. Anyway, the fact is that Mr. Macy went through his first failures with his eyes wide open and that he had learned enough lessons to be able to not make the same mistakes later in his career. If you worry about getting too much into student debt, check out this post about student consolidation loans.

What we see is that it’s not wise to stop trying if you have the feeling that success is so far away. Just remain focused, work hard, and have a little faith in yourself. Generally, there will be no success if you did not fail before, and you better learn to deal with it as it is just one of the facts of life.