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When bad things happen it’s easy to say, “I have bad luck.”
Didn’t get into the college you want? “Things never go my way.”
Bad SAT score? “I have no luck with tests.”
AP class you asked for closed? “If I didn’t have bad luck…”
Those are tempting excuses, but bad luck is often no more than a case of missed opportunities.
Missed Opportunities in College Prep
Let’s examine three scenarios to see how missed opportunities – and not bad luck – shape your future.
Overcoming Problems That Aren’t Your Fault
Sometimes you’re just in a bad situation, such as an overcrowded or underfunded school, where teacher and guidance counselor layoffs hurt your education. Maybe you’re the first person in your family to consider college and don’t have anyone to guide you through the system. Maybe you’re school doesn’t offer AP or college prep courses. Whatever your situation, you can overcome it – if you act.
Get access to some of the core elements of college prep – SAT or ACT prep, selecting and comparing colleges, financial aid advice and scheduling the proper classes. Take advantage of private guidance if you need to. Otherwise it could be one of those missed opportunities you refer to as “bad luck” – and no rabbit’s foot, four-leaf clover or horseshoe can save you.
Everyone faces a little bit of bad luck and some major setbacks – the key is to keep going, even if you need a little help. Of course, if you really think a rabbit’s foot will improve your SAT score, bring it along. It can’t hurt. But it also can’t replace good SAT test prep. Not taking the steps you need to improve your scores can hurt you.
Just don’t call it bad luck. Call it missed opportunities. And then throw some salt over your shoulder.
To make sure you don’t miss any opportunities, enroll in college prep today!
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