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How can I become a highly educated person?

I wish to be a highly educated person with a Ph.D. in structural engineering. How can I achieve this goal? I want my CV to do the talking for me when I go looking for a job. I believe my careering journey will be a success when the time for it comes. I want only the best college education for myself, from a highly reputable institution. Can you tell me which institution to join that offers the best engineering course in the United States? I do not want to settle for less.

Timothy Norman

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Blair Lewis on April 23, 2018

You have the kind of attitude that can destroy you in case of failure. You see yourself in superlative terms such as “the best.” There is nothing wrong with being ambitious, what is wrong is being unable to “settle for less” as you put it. While I will advise you on what you want, I will put in a big dose of sobering reality.

If you want to be educated highly, you must begin by putting in the hard work. You must dedicate yourself to your studies and make sure you find out anything you don’t know. This calls for self-motivation and cutting down on parties when necessary. You should be so prepared that when exams are approaching, you can hardly wait for them. Ask yourself if you are ready for that. If the answer is yes, so do it.

Unfortunately, a top education alone does not guarantee the kind of success you are describing, in the career world. You only get top jobs after proving your capabilities on the lower ranks. If you have a Ph.D. in structural engineering, you will have to do outstanding work in the field to get the big jobs. That means more work on your way to the top. Remember this may take a few years. If you are OK with that, then you are on your way.

You also indicate that you want the best education at college level, from the best institution. You will find a good institution; nobody really knows which the best is. Top students end up at Yale, MIT, Harvard, Princeton, and Stanford among very many others. However, the likes of Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg dropped out of Harvard but still ended up as some of the richest people on earth. So hard work and passion are an integral part of success, just like the degree you want so much.

The fact that you want to be a top student does not mean that you will always succeed. You must give room for this. What happens to you if you get admitted to a local community college instead of Ohio State University? Does your life end there? In case you end up like that, do not give up. Work hard at that college and pass well, then you can still go on to university and achieve your Ph.D. After that, the hard work continues.


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