Each year thousands of students register and pay their money to attend community colleges, training programs, private schools, public universities and more without knowing what will be required of them to get what they came there to achieve. Some students, and their parents, look for the easiest choices available. They will choose a college or training program because it is the closest, cheapest, or easiest to get into. They will make decisions because the paperwork is less complicated or they are promised great jobs at the end of their studies. Some feel as if they have no other choice than to go where they are accepted. They go to schools, colleges, and training programs never knowing the school’s policies, the way things are done, or what will be expected of them. They have little idea about how to schedule their classes, much less manage their time. They don’t know the rules or where the offices are located where they can get help.
Many high school students, their parents, and other adults treat schools, colleges, and many training programs like they are other worlds. They do not know how to get the information they need about the school, college, or training program they are thinking about attending. As a result, many students, parents, and others turn the process of making decisions about what to do after high school into a sort of game of chance. They decide where to attend based on little real information and few facts about what they are getting themselves into—like jumping into the deep end of a swimming pool without looking to see how deep the water is.