I had to help prepare a Valentine’s Day Dinner at the church and stayed all snug in bed. I prayed for their safety and his health. The roads were to get bad over the day. I figured I had a couple of hours to sleep in. Everything was under control. Never be too sure of that.

Attend events, such as fundraisers, community events, and networking meetings (you can do a search for networking groups in your city to get this information).

Take advantage of your college’s career center. There are career counselors available there that can suggest books and self-assessment tools to help you choose a major. They can also get you in touch with school faculty members or student leaders who can answer any specific questions you might have about a particular college department. These career centers should also have a list of past students who have gone through a specific program of study. They might be able to provide you with information about what those people are doing today. You can get the inside scoop on which majors require the most reading and which professors are the most likeable or fun. Learn from the people who have been down the road you’re thinking of traveling.

Persist (politely). Sometimes the job goes to the person who is in the right place at the right time. This means you must stay on recruiters’ radar screens by regularly reminding them of your interest and your fabulousness. Some ideas: Check in every few weeks with an additional suggestion for what you can contribute to the company, drop a note when you see the company mentioned in a news article (another great reason to set up those keyword news alerts) and check in whenever you have a new accomplishment to share. Warning: Don’t make contact more than once a week. I said persist, not pester!

Al Horford. This may be an unconventional pick, but all one must do is look at the Hawks’ record this season. Moreover, look at the team’s record since they drafted Horford. What was once a miserably unsuccessful franchise just a few short years ago is now one of the strongest teams in the Eastern Conference. What’s the difference, you ask? The presence of Horford, one of the best defensive players in the game.

Find out the cost for the graduate program. Just like any major investment that you make, cost is always a factor. While it shouldn’t be the only item that you consider, it is definitely one of the things that you must consider. Can you afford to pay for your graduate education at this school? How will you pay for your education? Check out the school’s financial aid services.

Coming into school there is obviously a lot to plan for over the next four years. But college should be exciting and the decision made in personal education should continue to have a positive impact in the future. If a student finds their ideal major that they can excel at, what could they be expected to make after graduation? There is a potential to make ,000 salary in the first job after graduation or more since the recession has ended. This number is significantly higher than those who did not find a job in their field of study who made about ,000 (Stone, Van Horn, Zukin 18).