Success in life is more than just graduating from the “best” college. However, finding the college that’s the best fit for you can help facilitate that success. Your best fit college may not be the school ranked #1 by US News, or the school your parents went to, or the school your parents want you to attend, or the school your best friend is applying to – you get the idea. So how do you find college that will help you pave the path to success?
Jullien Gordon has some advice on that topic in this TEDxTalk. Jullien talks about the four types of capital that you need to develop in order to achieve success in life:
- Personal capital
- Intellectual capital
- Social capital
- Financial capital
Understanding these four types of capital can help you choose a college that will open doors for your future.
As Jullien explains, you must be able to answer the question “Why do I want to go to college?”. To answer that question, you need to know yourself. Use the summer to consider what these four types of capital mean to you and why you want to go to college. An answer to this question will help you define the best fit college for you.
At EdMission Possible, we have college planning tools to help you design your college list based on your academic profile as well as your social and financial preferences. Our comprehensive college planning services will allow you to build a well-balanced college list that consists of reach, target, and safety schools.
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Happy college hunting!
Burcak Deniz Cakir
Founder and President | EdMission Possible
Burcak Deniz Cakir has a B.A. in Foreign Language Education, an M.A. in English Language Teaching, and an M.B.A., all of which have laid the solid foundation for her professional experiences as an educator. She has completed the College Counseling Program at UCLA, which is known to be the most prestigious certificate program in the profession. She has previously taught English as a Foreign/Second Language (EFL/ESL) in Turkey and in the U.S. at Virginia Tech, Harcum College, Rutgers University (Newark and New Brunswick Campuses), and Pace University. Having taught EFL/ESL at the college level for over 20 years, Burcak can communicate effectively with college-age students from different countries. She is bilingual in Turkish and English. Her extensive experience with international students from many countries including but not limited to Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Korea, and China has given her the opportunity to understand their unique problems that domestic students may not be facing throughout the college admissions process, such as but not limited to extra testing requirements (TOEFL, IELTS), the translation of high school transcripts and recommendation letters, different financial forms and statements required, visa issues, being homesick, culture shock, etc.
Burcak is an Associate Member of the Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA) and a Voting Member of the International Association for College Admission Counseling (IACAC). She currently lives in Edison, New Jersey with her husband, two daughters, and her four-legged son. In her free time, she can be found spending time with her family, reading (lots!) about college admissions and college essays, watching her favorite movies, getting lost in design magazines, and decorating her house.
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