There are many truisms in life: "you can attract more bees with honey than with vinegar"; "children are the hope of the future"; and my favorite from my father when he tries new food, "whatever doesn't kill you makes you fatter." Another I'd like to add to that list is "College ain't cheap!" Never has been, probably never will be.
Growing up in a two-bedroom apartment with five other family members, issues of money were never far from thought, so after high school with no real prospective college career, I was "persuaded" to enlist in the United States Army. It was my only real way to later attend and pay for college.
I met great people and got to see parts of the world I otherwise would've never been exposed to, but after my three-year stint, followed by my first college semester, I realized my vocabulary consisted of 20 words — five of which were swear words — and I also had a very skewed perspective of the world. During the following four years, intellectual doors were pried open and my brain was pushed further than ever before, leaving me mentally beaten and sweaty, but I arose with a new self-worth. So even though college ain't cheap, it'll always be well worth the price of admission.
In our education guide we've compiled the local colleges, universities, and trade and continuing ed schools that'll help you not only expand your brain, but your careers as well.
— Miguel Bustamante