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Hi, I’m Sharise Kent. I’m here to help you get from college to career. It is possible to graduate in four-years, it is possible to avoid or minimize student loan debt, it is possible to complete multiple internships and have employers chasing after you when you graduate! It is all possible and I am challenging you to make the plans to get it done.
I’m doing my best to help as many students and families as I can. That is what this blog is about.
I was a first-generation college student who had to learn a lot of things along the way. Now, after 18+ years in higher education (college admissions and career development) I am giving you the goods so you don’t have to learn hard (and expensive) lessons. You can read my “official” biography here.
High school prepares you for college classes, but doesn’t tell you what you what you need to do to be successful in college. College prepares you for a career but it Does Not teach you how to get a job. Most students graduate in 5 to 6 years without a clear idea or sense of direction on what to do next.
Degree in Four-Years
In 2013, the 6-year graduation rate was 59 percent at public institutions, 65 percent at private nonprofit institutions, and 32 percent at private for-profit institutions. That means the majority of college students are in school well beyond four years. It doesn’t have to be that way! Graduating in four years is as simple as having a plan.
—Not having a plan could cost you almost $23,000. Download your free guide, 5 Tips to Make Sure you Graduate in 4 Years to make sure you keep that money in your pocket. If you are already in danger of being in school for more than four years, don’t worry, you can still take steps to get out as quickly as possible.
Doing Multiple Internships
Students who have internship experience make on average $15,000 more per year when they start their careers. I am a firm believer in internships, so much so that I wrote a book about it, The Internship Manual: A Step-by-Step Guide to Getting the Internship of Your Dreams. I did eight internships in college and I spent five years as the senior manager of a national internship program.
I placed nearly 400 interns with companies like ESPN, HBO, Showtime, CBS, Verizon, Walt Disney, the NBA, Viacom Media Networks and many others. My book, and this blog reveal the secrets to getting the great internships and being a rock star intern. Internships can be just as important, if not more important, than what you learn in the classroom. Graduating is the first goal but you want to be able to start your career too.
Dump the Student Loan Debt
Student debt in this country has surpassed the $1,000,000,000,000 (tillion) mark. That is just crazy! Everyone says, “just take out student loans” but then no one wants to talk about how to pay back $45k in debt on a $40k salary. Student loans are not the only way to go to college. There are way to make it more affordable. Read this post, Tuition is Due and You Are Broke for tips on paying your next tuition bill.
Scholarships can be key to keeping your out of pocket costs down. This comprehensive guide to the best scholarship search sites is an excellent place to start.
If you do find yourself with student loans, then you need a plan to pay them back as soon as you graduate and start your first job.
Get started by downloading your free guide, 5 Tips to Make Sure You Graduate in 4 Years and get off the “normal” track today.