Do you have the right goal?
Ask yourself: am I thinking of getting into college as trying to “get something” for myself? Am I trying to satisfy my own ego? According to LaBier, “such goals are, in fact, less likely to generate positive outcome, whether in personal life or at work. The most creative, positive accomplishments and achievements result from learning to “forget yourself,” in the sense of putting your energies into something larger than just your own ego-gratification.”
So try re-thinking the goal of getting into college. Think of the classes you’ll take as a means to a greater end. What greater end? You tell me. What great work will you do in the world?
See, I believe that going to a great college, taking great classes, and finding a great career, are not ends in themselves, but ways of meeting our fundamental needs. And one of those needs, if you agree with Tony Robbins, is making a contribution to the world.
Or, as my friend Greg would say:
Ask not, “How can I get?” but “What can I give?”