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Cerritos College • Norwalk, Calif.

Talon Marks

Cerritos College • Norwalk, Calif.

Talon Marks

Cerritos College • Norwalk, Calif.

Talon Marks

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Plan ahead

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A valuable plan to learn early in life is that one should plan ahead and stick to that road map.

Taking time off from school is no different in the sense that in can help to rejuvenate you as you progress toward completing your education.

The temptations that lie out in the real world are almost always enough to keep a student away from the classroom.

Sure you might find a job making $8/hour, otherwise known as minimum wage, and it might be nice to have some responsibility for a few hours at work before allowing yourself to splurge the money in food or clothing or whatever sounds appealing at the time.

But what about that job that will pay you $20/hour, or even $200/hour, depending on what your course of study is.

There are a select few people that can hustle their way utilizing their skill set to escalate into positions of power that will allow them to make the big bucks.

But people win the lottery too, don’t they?

With a plan in mind, you are less likely to allow for money to pull you away from an important part of your life: your education.

People can rob you of your possessions and money, but never your education.

But hey, time off isn’t such a bad thing either. School is exhausting.

Some students have been studying day-in and day-out since they were as young as 3 or 4 years old.

An associate’s degree is typically completed in two years. Assuming the average high school graduate is 18 years old upon completion, they are 20 when their community college degree is culminated.

That is at least 15 years of going to school non-stop.

Some might plan to resume studies immediately through the university of their choice, while others might need that break.

Don’t lose your focus of achieving your goals. Sacrifice yourself now and work hard so that you will enjoy life later.

Don’t be content with the typical 9am to 5pm job making the bare minimum and stressing out over waking up to go do your “job.”

Progressing through your road map and work toward establishing a career will make your life much happier.

So remember, keep that insight clear. Dream big and visualize the finish line. The choice is yours, but keep your road map crystal clear.

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