In conversations with our applicants and their parents, the song title "Help" seems to be just below the surface of so many questions and comments. Even for parents who went to college themselves, today's process is so different - more competitive, more expensive, and more pressure-packed than ever. It doesn't help that almost every story about higher education paints a bleak picture of students graduating with huge debt and no job. Some have even questioned the merits of higher education entirely, suggesting that it is not worth the cost.
The fact of the matter is that going to college, and benefiting from a broad based, liberal arts education has never been more valuable or important. Another fact is that most students - especially those that graduate from USD - have reasonable amounts of students loans, graduate on time, and have job offers by the time they walk across the stage at graduation.
We are very excited that you've applied to USD and appreciate all you have done in your preparation to get to this point. We also recognize that not everyone will be accepted, and of those that are accepted, not everyone will either want to or be able to enroll. Regardless of how the process turns out, we hope that the blogs that follow will help all of you "get your feet back on the ground," as the song says. Over the next few weeks leading up to May 1 you will be able to read about:
- Affording college and what you should be doing now to prepare
- The value of a liberal arts education with faculty and students addressing some of the misperceptions surrounding this education as well as specific outcomes that employers and graduate schools value
- Why you might want to choose USD over the other excellent options you have
- Helpful tips about getting ready for May 1 and beyond - from students who experienced exactly what you are feeling now
My independence seems to vanish in the haze
But every now and then I feel so insecure
I know that I just need you like I've never done before