“For as long as I can remember, I have been fascinated by things large and small. I wanted to know what made my watch tick, my radio play, and my house stand. I wanted to know who invented the bottle cap and who designed the bridge. I guess from early on I wanted to be an engineer.” -- Henry Petroski, Ph.D., noted professor, author, and engineer
You did your college research. You visited campuses. You found the school of your dreams, applied there, and were admitted. Congrats!
For a long time, going to college really meant going to college—as in packing your stuff, loading the car, waving goodbye to your hometown, family, and friends, and making your way to a more academic locale.
Full-ride scholarships are the college applicant’s Holy Grail. Granted, they’re hard to get, but if you can lay your hands on one, you’ve got it made.
You are not a follower. When you think about your future, you don’t think about just being part of something; you think about leading something. Like some of the most influential people of our time — Jobs, Zuckerberg, Musk — you want to nurture your kernel of an idea into an innovative, sustainable business