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These are a few great quotes to remember as you start to prepare for college:

 “There are only 2 things you can do when someone says ‘you’re not good enough’: You can prove them right or you can prove them wrong.” (Julian Edelman, New England Patriots)

“Talent is never enough.  With few exceptions, the best players are the hardest workers. “ (Magic Johnson)

“I don’t think of myself as a poor, deprived ghetto girl who made good.  I think of myself as somebody who, from an early age, knew I was responsible for myself, and I had to make good.”  (Oprah Winfrey)

“I’m intimidated by the fear of being average.”  (Taylor Swift)

“Where I excel is my ridiculous, sickening, work ethic. You know, while the other guy’s sleeping, I’m working.”  (Will Smith)

Key Tips for College Success:

Here are the 4 most important pieces of advise to improve the chances of success in college:
1 – Get some sleep. It can be easy to get caught up in the “college night scene” sleep really does matter.
2 – Go to class. College isn’t as forgiving when you miss a class like high school was.
3 – Get help if if need it. It’s never a “shame” to ask for help. The shame is not to ask. That’s why professors have office hours.  And that’s why colleges offer free tutoring. Even smart kids can run into a tough professor or an unusual class.
4 – Choose your friends wisely. Your friends will define who you are throughout your life. If you are hanging with kids that make poor decisions, find new friends.

One Other Interesting Thought

Brookings Institution Senior Fellow Ron Haskins testifying before the Senate Finance Committee, June 5, 2012 was quoted below:

“I want to emphasize the importance of individual initiative in reducing poverty and promoting economic success. Young people can virtually assure that they and their families will avoid poverty if they follow three elementary rules for success—(1) complete at least a high school education, (2) work full time, and (3) wait until at least age 21 before you get married and have a baby. Based on an analysis of Census data, people who followed all three of these rules had only a 2% chance of being in poverty and a 72% chance of joining the middle class (defined as above $55,000 in 2010). These numbers were almost precisely reversed for people who violated all three rules, elevating their chance of being poor to 77% and reducing their chance of making the middle class to 4%.

Individual effort and good decisions about the big events in life are more important than government programs. Call it blaming the victim if you like, but decisions made by individuals are paramount in the fight to reduce poverty and increase opportunity in America. The nation’s struggle to expand opportunity will continue to be an uphill battle if young people do not learn to make better decisions about their future.

From the Wall Street Journal June 10, 2012

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