Hard decisions going to school
With an important college decision on the horizon, your senior year will be filled with difficult choices to make. However, knowing your intuition is often difficult for hard problems.
A difficult decision story
Be practical if you have to take loans for school. If two or three point in one direction, and two or three point in another, you may have some conflict. Have you gathered information on salary, benefits and informal assessments of typical working culture and expectations? With an important college decision on the horizon, your senior year will be filled with difficult choices to make. Namely, when you zoom out, you ignore the complex reality, and tend to think in terms of idealized decisions. But there comes a time when the ties need to be cut and you need to start pulling your own weight. Whether it is ending a relationship or quitting a job, try taking a step back and objectively consider if you are staying for the wrong reasons and if there are more rewarding opportunities for you out there. Should I call them or see them in person or email them? Alternatively, you might want to go to graduate school to advance your career. Should I do it publicly or in private? Generally, college ranking are not that dependable, so the most important question is what you want to major in. Luckily, there are a few strategies you can use to ease the stress and feel good about your choice. Does it offer a good return on investment and can you afford it? But what about unpredictable ones? Our commonalities bind us more than our differences make us unique, so we can leverage this to imagine the outcomes of our decisions.
Are the fringe benefits worth the time and stress? Is this a silly decision not deserving deliberation? Have you gathered information on salary, benefits and informal assessments of typical working culture and expectations?
This is often valuable when your intuition is conflicted, or there are quantitative matters to consider that your intuition might not be considering. Decisions often become hard, then, when we look to the world around us and no suggestion is offered. How do I want people to remember me?
These are precisely the kinds of decisions which can linger for weeks, months, or even years, stalling the progress of entire organizations. You're about to find out.
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