Have you ever gathered a basket of fresh apples and stuck a rotten one in there with them? Do you know what the outcome is? I’ll give you a hint… no one survives.
When you decide to enroll in school, especially higher education where you are paying money to receive a degree in a particular field that you will later begin your career in, it is important to stop and take a look at your surroundings. Are you surrounded by family and friends who support your decision to go back to school or are you still running in the same circles you were before you decided to make your life better?
Sometimes you have to take a step back and realize that the people who aren’t supporting your decision to better your life might not be people you want in your life. The famous quote, “Misery Loves Company” is very true. If you are surrounding yourself with people who don’t want to become more, who don’t want to become a professional and who don’t want to have a great life, they might be bringing you down.
You are entering a new world when you decide to further your education at the collegiate level. There will be several students just like you who are likely to become your friends, so use these new friendships to build professional relationships. Network and meet others in your field and focus your time and energy on improving yourself and becoming the best possible candidate for positions when you graduate.
Take a close look at your life and realize the kind of people you want to surround yourself with. Having the support you need from close family and friends is a key to success when you continue your education!