When you are looking up "Best Value Colleges," consider where real value can be found.
I saw this fabulous question that a college suggested you ask before deciding on which college to attend:
"Does the college have a track-record of providing mentoring relationships with students and follow-up contact once they graduate and go into the workforce or graduate school? A life-long faculty “cheerleader” for a young person is one of the most valuable gifts that a college can offer."
My suggestion: Don't wait for a college to give you a "gift" of a mentor. Just go find one on the campus where you live. How? Ask juniors and seniors: "Which professor inspires students the most?"
NOTE: I had a 30-year-long relationship with one college professor who became my life-mentor. When my children were growing up, I taught them what he taught me; when I speak before an audience, I feel as if I'm channeling him; when I'm writing a blog-post, I use his words. That's how much of a positive influence he had on me. You can't place a tuition price tag on that relationship. What's that old expression?...the best things in life are free.
Copyright 2016 Paul Hemphill
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