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It's Time - A Tip For Student's Transitioning To College

It was fast, but it's that time again, the summer is over and it’s time for school to start.   Many of you may beginning your college training for the first time, which can be an exciting time and a big transition from high school to college.  I have taught at both, high school and college, and I'd like to give you a little advice for the transition. In high school you are taught to memorize facts to pass tests. However, education is not about passing a test.  In your career training, you will need to take it to the next level. It's about learning and applying what you learned. For example, you can read the Atkins book to learn about diets.  You can even study the book enough to quote it from front to back.  If there was a written test, you could easily ace the test, but unless you applied what you learned, you are not going to loose one ounce.  

You need to start your collision repair training with this mindset.  The harder you try the more you will benefit.  I know some of the tasks are repetitious and you may not understand why your instructor has you do the same things over.  However, when you think about baseball, what do you learn in little league?  Right, you learn how to catch the ball, through the ball, and bat.  You practice the same thing in each league you advance to.  In fact, I was at a Rangers game this summer and what do you think they was doing to warm up?  Throwing and catching the ball.  They have spent their entire childhood and professional career doing the exact same things.  With that in mind, don’t think you are a professional welder or body technician the first time you produce a passing weld or quality repair and call it quits.  I am not trying to be negative, but to encourage you do your best, even when you don’t think you need the practice.  There is always room for improvement.  This is what will help you be successful in your training, but more importantly, in your career. 

I challenge you to start this school year off at the program you will be attending with this mindset.  There will be tests, but don’t make passing the tests your main objective.  It is the effort you apply on a daily basis that counts. 

Best wishes for you and your career training.

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