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4 Ways to Maximize Your Education

Published on July 15, 2013 by Staff Writer

Let’s face it, college isn’t cheap. Parents begin setting up college funds before their child is even able to scribble all over the wall with a 24-pack of crayons. Even after 18 years of dedicated saving, chances are that the child will get accepted to a university that costs double—or triple—what the parents anticipated paying.

And then there are the students who have to pay for college all by themselves with no help from parents, lucky lottery tickets, or filthy rich uncles. Sadly, this describes most of the student population, especially those who go back to school later in life.

If there is no way around the cost of education, how can students make the most of it? Here are four strategies that smart students employ to maximize their education:

1. Engage with community experts.

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Randy Johnson, director of career services at Broadview University-Orem

What happens when students engage with community experts? Aside from helping them get good grades, they get hands-on training from professionals out in the field. Sela Fungalei, a student in the paralegal degree program at Broadview University-Orem, took this advice to heart in her real estate law course taught by the program’s chair, Sean Nobmann.

For one of her assignments, Sela met with local real estate agent Barbara Watts, who helped Sela review all of the documents involved in real estate procedures. This interaction was a great experience for Sela because it helped her not only in her assignment, but also in determining whether real estate would be a good avenue for her to pursue.

There are community experts in every field who are willing to help students advance their goals, and when students take initiative, they help increase their knowledge base as well as their hiring potential.

2. Network with teachers and fellow classmates.

Smart students know that one of the best ways to increase their future employment potential is to network with teachers and fellow classmates. These are people with similar interests who will have an array of contacts and connections that could be extremely beneficial while navigating through the career world. The old cliché, “It’s not what you know, but who you know,” is still true today.

“It’s amazing how connected many of our students are with local employers in the community,” Broadview University campus director, Ryan Farley, said. “I encourage all of our students to get to know their classmates and make the most of those associations.”

3. Seek internship opportunities.

This is one of the more obvious strategies in maximizing education because students know that internships look great to prospective employers. Internships not only provide valuable work experience, but they also provide students with a clear understanding of what is expected of them on the job and help them decide whether it is the right career choice for them.

Medical assisting program chair, James Kelly, believes that internships are the key to success. “Our community partners provide excellent opportunities for our medical assisting students to get hands-on training and practical experience well before they graduate,” he said.

4. Take advantage of the college’s resources.

Broadview University-Orem provides multiple resources through both the Academic and Career Services Departments. Whether by attending tutoring labs or getting extra help from a teacher after class, the school’s resources are available for the benefit of the students, and smart students know to take advantage of these services to supplement their education.

“Everything we do is built around the needs of our students,” director of career services, Randy Johnson, commented. “Whether it be career services or academics, the student is always first and foremost in our minds.”

These are just some of the strategies that smart students employ to maximize their education and get the most out of every tuition dollar they spend. After all, it’s a wonderful thing knowing you’re getting the most bang for your buck.

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