So, you have decided to go back to school…

Ready to head back to college?  Great!  That is outstanding news! Here are your next steps:

Step 1: Decide to go to school.

Step 2: Choose a major.  (Step one and step two can be interchangeable.)  Research majors and/or programs at Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU).

Step 3:  Choose a college that offers your program of choice.

Step 4: Apply to college.  When applying to a college you will generally need to fill out the application, pay the application fee, turn in your high school transcripts, official college transcripts (if you are transferring in) and generally, the Accuplacer or SAT/ACT scores.

Step 5: Get your financing for school in order.  You may need financial aid, you may use scholarship or you may pay out of your pocket.  It does not matter how you plan to pay, you just want to make sure that you have a plan in place and are ready to implement your plan.Man and woman giving a thumbs up

Step 6: You’re accepted!  Jump for joy (or whatever it is that you do when you are excited).

Step 7: Meet with your advisor.  Your advisor is a wealth of knowledge and can help make sure that you get on the path to success.

If you follow these steps you can be a successful student and eventually, a college graduate. Online advisors are here to help you get started and point you in the right direction.

Submitted by: David Johnson | Online Advisor

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Pursue Your Passion!

I was cruising down the interstate and was consumed with excitement and nerves…  I was moving to Yuma, Arizona to pursue my passion of being an elementary teacher.  After months of searching for a teaching job in Minnesota, I decided to expand my search to Arizona and was offered a 2nd grade teaching position.  I had never been to Arizona but I decided to take a chance.  Yes, it would be a huge adjustment for a small town Minnesota gal but I knew I had to seize this opportunity!  If I didn’t pursue my dream of teaching, I knew I would regret it later on in my life.

I am not going to lie, the first year in Yuma was difficult; I taught in a movie theater, Teacher and students looking at computerswitched multiple schools and grades, my car broke down and I was bit by a dog!  Through each experience, I learned, grew as a person and became independent.  After I settled down, I discovered the joy of teaching 1st graders and was thrilled with the tremendous support from the parents.  I would not trade this experience for the world!

Passion gives your life purpose; it drives you to achieve your goals and dig deeper than you ever imagined possible.  It sparks an energy deep within that you cannot explain…  When your life lacks passion, there is less meaning, spark and little substance.  Sometimes it’s difficult following your own path, but don’t let the obstacles discourage you from going for it!  With dedication and hard-work, you can achieve your wildest dreams!

What did you always want to be when you grew up?  Did you want to be a teacher, accountant or nurse?  Don’t give up on your dreams! Minnesota Online offers hundreds of online programs and courses to help you achieve your goals that align with your greatest passion in life!

Contributed by: Kimberly Imdieke | Online Advisor

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