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Private College vs. State School

College/Career Expert Advice from Carol Carter

Q: I'm going to a state college. Will that hurt my chances of getting a job after graduation? How much difference does it make if you go to an Ivy or a state college?

A: The college admissions process has become much more competitive in the last five years. What most people don't realize, however, is that what you do in college can often be more important than where you go to college. There are Rhodes Scholars from state schools and there are people with Ivy League degrees who have a hard time finding jobs after they graduate. What separates these people? It comes down to getting a good education; getting real - world experience through part-time jobs and internships; and developing your ability to think, solve problems, and make reasonable decisions. Basically, it means being well - rounded instead of being monomaniacally focused on just one aspect of yourself -- whether that's grades or partying. The Greek philosophers put it best: everything in moderation.

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Carol Carter is the author of many books on college and career planning. She is the cofounder of Lifeskills, Inc., a nonprofit organization that encourages high-school students to explore their goals, career options, and the real world through part-time work and internships. She also gives workshops around the country on career exploration and other issues directly related to helping students succeed in college, career, and life.


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