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Don't end up somewhere else

Oct 10, 2016

The world lost the inimitable Yogi Berra in 2015. The wise and wonderful, if comment-challenged, baseball legend said so many things that on first hearing one might think nonsensical. But the wisdom is there, if you consider it thoughtfully. I collect good quotes so I had to get his book for my collection many years ago. Now I usually look it up online if I need to get one right.

Here’s a favorite: “If you don’t know where you are going, you’ll end up some place else.”

Planning is essential for all of us. Few people can float through life and end up in the place they want to be. I do embrace spontaneity, but for the big things, they’ll go better with a plan. Certainly planning your educational pursuits is critical. This is why you need a good college advisor. At BCTC, career counselors, Admissions staff, professional advisors, or faculty guides and mentors can help students to find a path and plan a schedule.

As adults, students get to make decisions and create their plans, but a good college guide will help make the path more efficient and economical, more relevant to interests, more interesting, and better preparation to reach one’s goals. There are actions students can take that will help. Research tells us that students are typically more successful if they go to freshman orientation, take a college success course, get registered early, and get involved in student activities. We hope students will take advantage of all the supports and strategies we offer. Don’t end up someplace else. Good luck to everyone to get where you want to go—on a path to educational and career success!

Augusta A. Julian, Ed.D