Vaughn Toland with Youth Journalists

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Vaughn Toland transforms lives, but someone needed to help him first. “I wanted to be pilot, but then I found out that you need to have good eyesight.” Vaughn Toland told the Youth Journalists. He later decided to pursue a career as the Director of Admissions at Metropolitan State University of Denver.

Toland went to the University of Colorado, with parents that couldn’t afford the price, he participated in student loans. Vaughn helps students and gives them advice about the right path. “When I went to college, the government paid for 75 percent of the tuition,” said Toland. Vaughn told the kids from the Youth Journalism Day all about planning for college. He told the children that it is important that they develop good study skills and work ethic in middle school.

Many kids in the class didn’t know much about the differences between the different colleges and the degrees. They learned that public schools are almost $10,000 less that private schools. And that each school’s offer different degrees. Like community college offers an associate’s degree, and that community colleges are sometimes used for moving on into 4 year colleges. Four year colleges offer master’s and bachelor’s degrees. Vaughn told the journalists that he had to participate in work study. “Work study is where you go to college, but you work on campus.” That’s where the love of helping students really kicked in. When he was doing work study, he helped teach and support students through their college planning.

Vaughn told the kids how important it is to attend college. “People with a Bachelor’s degree earn over $20,000 more per year than people who only have a high school diploma.” By 2026 two-thirds of the jobs in the US will require a Bachelor’s degree, even more of a reason to go to college.

Vaughn Toland works for MSU, but why go to MSU? Toland told the kids that MSU has the lowest tuition out of all four of Colorado’s public schools. MSU also focuses on individualized learning experience. And it has the largest diversity of every Colorado school, 37 percent of the kids are of color.

Toland touched on planning for college, degrees, what he did, different colleges, why it is important to go to college, and why to go to MSU. He gave solid advice to the young journalists about the whole college experience.