Advice From Dad: A Tutorial for Building Your Future

By Corban Hambrick

College is right around the corner, and many of our students cannot wait to be on their own. However, students often have mixed feelings about growing up and leaving home. It’s an exciting but scary transition. When it comes to big life decisions, many of us turn to Dad for advice, so we wrote this tutorial on life from the perspective of a dad to help lift your spirits.

For older KD students, we hope this piece inspires you to ask your dad, grandfather, or fatherly figure for some advice before you head off to college. Dads tend to have a way with words, and he may know just what to say to make you feel ready to head off on your own.

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A Dad’s Guide To Finding Success

1. Create a Blueprint for Your Dreams

From a young age, you’ve consistently shown remarkable strength and bravery. I remember when you had huge dreams—you wanted to be an astronaut so you could hold the world in your hand, then a detective so you could make it better, or a photographer so you could capture its beauty. Albert Einstein once said, “I have no special talents, I am only passionately curious.” I used to be skeptical about that, but since then, I have met people with IQs that surpassed Einstein’s, yet their achievements were far more underwhelming. The only difference between them and Einstein is that Einstein wasn’t afraid to chase after big dreams.

I know that you can do anything as long as you put your mind to it. But that second part is important—big goals require planning and lots of hard work. And when you break those big, over-arching goals into smaller steps that are easier to complete, that’s when the magic happens. Do you remember how to eat an elephant? One bite at a time.

2. Choose Your Materials Wisely

College will likely give you some of your most treasured memories and shape you in unexpected ways; however, it won’t be the season of life where you drive a sports car and live in a mansion. So don’t try to live like the Kardashians over the next four years. Instead, learn how to manage your money. You’ll quickly learn that with books, tuition, room and board, food—it all adds up fast.

A penny saved is a penny earned. Don’t spend money on unnecessary things and make use of the cafeterias as much as possible. I understand you may get tired of the food, but the best thing about “free” food (or in this case, food that you are not paying for on the spot) is usually the “free” part, not the food itself.

Remember that learning how to best manage your money is a lesson in itself. Don’t try to be someone you’re not. Avoid buying expensive things just to appear like the big shot on campus. That’s not who you are. Buy what you genuinely need and save the rest for later.

3. Start With a Strong Foundation

When you get to college, there will be a lot of different people from a lot of different backgrounds. Use that to your advantage and find out what you truly believe in. Work on developing a strong moral compass that will guide you later in life. This compass is something that you should find on your own, but here are some principles that have served me well:

  • First, don’t cut any corners. You’re going to need to work hard. You can be born into a wealthy family, but a person who has not had to work for what they have never truly values their blessings. Hard work will give you a perspective on life which will be much more valuable than wealth.
  • Second, be a sponge. Soak up as much as you can from your college experience. And that goes beyond just your classes. Try to be the last person to share your opinion on something. Not only will that allow you to make others feel listened to, but you will also learn what people have to teach.

4. Build a Strong Support System

They say that you are the average of your five closest friends, and I tend to agree. I’m not saying that every person that you hang out with has to be perfect, but you should choose friends that have similar life goals, have similar values, and can help you grow as a person.

Also keep in mind that a true friend is someone that is there for the good times and the bad times. And when your friends let you down (because it will happen), remember that you always have your family.

5. Measure Twice, Cut Once

One of the good things about always having a computer in your pocket is that if you don’t know the answer, you can Google it. If you need to know how to change a flat tire, file taxes, or even impress a crush, there are tons of videos on YouTube. Just remember not to trust everything you read online,

Sometimes, the only way to learn is to experience it for yourself. But be smart and, above all, be careful. Mistakes will happen and will help you grow, but you also don’t always have to learn the hard way. When building your future, always think critically about what’s best for you, and minimize risk as much as you can.

6. Know Where (and When) to Set Your Boundaries

At college there will inevitably be people with whom you fundamentally disagree. When you meet those people, remember that sometimes fences make good neighbors. You don’t have to burn bridges with every single person you don’t like—that might come back to bite you—but it is important to know how to put healthy boundaries in place. Boundaries are often more about your actions than they are about the people with whom you disagree. If someone treats you disrespectfully, setting boundaries does not mean you attempt to change that person’s behavior, but that you choose to walk away when the actions they take make it necessary. Be kind, but firm—your boundaries will make your relationships far healthier.

7. Take It Little by Little

If you were to capture multiple pictures of an arrow in flight, each snapshot would show the arrow completely still. If you were to add those pictures together you would find that, while adding stillness to more stillness shouldn’t create motion, it does. This is called Zeno’s paradox, and I find it to be very similar to life.

Each day you live is like a snapshot of an arrow moving toward its destination. It’s easy to believe that one day doesn’t really matter because, in the moment, you can’t see how it changes anything. However, when you zoom out and consider these snapshots in their entirety, they form the tapestry of our lives.

While a single day may not seem impactful to you, it does matter. In my life, time has passed very quickly. For example, it seems like yesterday that I was teaching you how to ride a bike. And poof! Before I know it, you’re graduated and ready to head off to college. I guess what I’m saying is, don’t waste a single day of your life. If you embrace the present and approach life little by little, day by day, eventually, I believe that you will hit the target you’ve been aiming for all along.

8. Make It a Better Place

Did I ever tell you this story? I was about your age when one day life wasn’t going as planned. I went on a bike ride into the countryside. After a few hours of cycling, I stumbled upon a cemetery that I had never noticed before. Intrigued, I got off my bike and decided to explore a little. The cemetery was very overgrown, clearly neglected for decades, maybe even a century. Moss-covered tombstones barely let me see the inscriptions. As I scraped away that moss, I started to realize something—nearly every tombstone was inscribed with the phrase, “Gone but not forgotten.”

The reason I tell you this story is because I want to illustrate an important point. Everyone thinks that they will mean something when they’re gone—and who knows, maybe they will—but usually they won’t. Instead, I think that the real legacy we should want to leave is bettering our world. So be kind to people, you never know what they are going through. Always leave your jobs, relationships, and world around you better than you found them. If you do this, even if everyone forgets you, your legacy will have a lasting impact.

9. Stay Connected

Having a support system in place is extremely important. Sports teams have coaches, and you have your family. I know that when you get to college you will want to spread your wings, but please don’t think that keeping in touch with your family means you can’t become your own person. Go out there and grow into who you want to be. I will always support that, but when you need my help (or you just want to talk) remember that I am only a phone call away. I will always be here for you, so please don’t be a stranger.

10. It’s Okay to Remodel

I am a firm believer that the only real certainty in life is that it won’t always be easy. But know that your worth as my child is not based on you always looking like a success. What matters to me most is that you learn how to overcome challenges and learn from your mistakes. When you miss an assignment, fail a test, or experience a breakup, you’ll face a choice. You can either curl up and feel sorry for yourself, or you can use that as a wake-up call to reassess your habits and strengthen the foundation of the life that you are building.

As you go through life you will learn new things. There will be times when your foundation cracks, and you may need to make renovations. Change is inevitable. But if you at least remember some of the things I’ve taught you, I know you’ll build a beautiful life for yourself.

Love,

Dad

Corban Hambrick is a marketing intern at KD College Prep.

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“I'm writing to thank the KD team for all the help and guidance over the last couple of years! All the resources provided were very useful to me and helped me achieve the scores I was aiming for on the PSAT,... Read more...

Mithra A. – Class of 2022

"The resources that KD offers have greatly prepared me for the college admissions process. Without KD, I would not have been this prepared and confident... I am a rising senior, and I ended up receiving a 1570 on my SAT® test (third time) and a 35 on my ACT® test (first time). I remember the first ever practice test I took for the SAT test was a 1230 (about 1.5 yrs ago) and the first ever practice test I took for the ACT test was a 31 or 32 (about 6 months ago)."
"The resources that KD offers have greatly prepared me for the college admissions process. Without KD, I would not have been this prepared and confident... I am a rising senior, and I ended up receiving a 1570 on my SAT® test... Read more...

Elise P. – Class of 2022

“I want to thank KD College Prep for helping both of my kids over the last years reach successful outcomes on their SAT® and ACT® scores, which helped them get into great colleges. I found the college prep class for parents very informative and helpful during the process as well.  My son (Jacob) graduated in 2018 and got a 32 on the ACT test. got accepted into Texas A&M but chose Baylor for Health Sciences.  My daughter (Morgan) graduated in 2020 and got a 1450 on the SAT test and a 32 on the ACT test. got into an Ivy League school (Cornell) for Engineering.  Both my kids say that they apply the test taking skills they learned at KD Prep to... Read more...
“I want to thank KD College Prep for helping both of my kids over the last years reach successful outcomes on their SAT® and ACT® scores, which helped them get into great colleges. I found the college prep class for parents... Read more...

Jon D. – Parent

“Coming into this whole process, I had absolutely no idea what anything was, and your help was invaluable—your encouraging words, strategic advice, and wholesome stories and jokes really got me through a stressful time! I'm still on the waitlist at Harvard and other schools, but I've really started to immerse into the Emory culture, especially their debate team. Not having to pay for college and still attend a private institution is really a dream come true, and it wouldn't be possible if it were not for you.”
“Coming into this whole process, I had absolutely no idea what anything was, and your help was invaluable—your encouraging words, strategic advice, and wholesome stories and jokes really got me through a stressful time! I'm still on the waitlist at Harvard... Read more...

Shreyas R. – Class of 2020

“The most beneficial guidance I received during my College Counseling experience was being taught that it's completely ok to not know what I want to do with the rest of my life at 17/18 years old. Steve told me that a good school will help me find my path. Also, Steve's knowledge about what colleges were wanting to see in potential admissions candidates was a huge help... “There was not one specific beneficial moment or turning point in my time working with Steve, there were many. He encouraged me during the entire application process and brought to my attention many colleges I wouldn't have considered or heard about without his help.”
“The most beneficial guidance I received during my College Counseling experience was being taught that it's completely ok to not know what I want to do with the rest of my life at 17/18 years old. Steve told me that a... Read more...

Jake W. – Class of 2020

"I'm very happy my daughter chose KD as her learning partner to achieve her goals. All the experiences with KD and the Directors there are fabulous. My daughter has improved significantly."
"I'm very happy my daughter chose KD as her learning partner to achieve her goals. All the experiences with KD and the Directors there are fabulous. My daughter has improved significantly."

Zarni, Daughter – Class of 2021

"I took KD classes the summer before my junior year, and I was finished with my SAT® test by December...The test prep classes also helped me earn the award of National Merit® Finalist."
"I took KD classes the summer before my junior year, and I was finished with my SAT® test by December...The test prep classes also helped me earn the award of National Merit® Finalist."

Claire I. – Class of 2020

"It's been super helpful, and I've noticed my scores go up both on my SAT®/ACT® scores as well as test scores in school... Overall, I believe this to be the best college prep that money can buy."
"It's been super helpful, and I've noticed my scores go up both on my SAT®/ACT® scores as well as test scores in school... Overall, I believe this to be the best college prep that money can buy."

Gopi C. – Class of 2021

"KD helped me come up with a game plan for the colleges I wanted to attend, as well as any backups, and how to manage my time during this stressful period. They helped to ease the stress and made sure that I would be successful in whichever college I picked, and I am eternally grateful for all their help and hard work!"
"KD helped me come up with a game plan for the colleges I wanted to attend, as well as any backups, and how to manage my time during this stressful period. They helped to ease the stress and made... Read more...

Omar S. – Class of 2020

"My initial goals when I first started working with the KD Counseling crew was to compile a list of colleges that I would be somewhat interested in attending and fit my career goals. I think that this step I was by far the most concerned about. I didn’t know how exactly I should go about choosing which places to apply to and if I were to be accepted, if they would fit me. The team did a wonderful job considering my likes and dislikes and helped me compile a list of colleges that suited my tastes and would further my academic career. "After this integral first step, my focus turned towards time management and writing quality essays that would stand out to colleges. I got... Read more...
"My initial goals when I first started working with the KD Counseling crew was to compile a list of colleges that I would be somewhat interested in attending and fit my career goals. I think that this step I was by... Read more...

Nina H. – Class of 2020

"I was thankful for all the help I received from KD in preparing for my SAT® and ACT® exams. The workshops they offered, as well as the practice exams, gave me the tools I needed to do my very best."
"I was thankful for all the help I received from KD in preparing for my SAT® and ACT® exams. The workshops they offered, as well as the practice exams, gave me the tools I needed to do my very best."

Morgan D. – Class of 2020

"KDCP is a must for students wanting to stay a step ahead of the game for getting into college. My son has gained huge insight from the ACT®/SAT® practice workshops, practice tests, and essay class."
"KDCP is a must for students wanting to stay a step ahead of the game for getting into college. My son has gained huge insight from the ACT®/SAT® practice workshops, practice tests, and essay class."

Tiffany – Son, Class of 2021

"KD helped to increase the efficiencies of how I took the national exams. I was also able to implement these efficiencies in my daily school studies within the IB program at PESH. I would (and have) recommend KD to those students wanting an edge on their national test scores!"
"KD helped to increase the efficiencies of how I took the national exams. I was also able to implement these efficiencies in my daily school studies within the IB program at PESH. I would (and have) recommend KD to those students... Read more...

Daniel J. – Class of 2020

"Not only have I been able to significantly improve my test scores, I have learned a tremendous amount of information about the college application process due to complimentary events that KD offers."
"Not only have I been able to significantly improve my test scores, I have learned a tremendous amount of information about the college application process due to complimentary events that KD offers."

Sam H. – Class of 2020

"I came to KD the summer before my senior year with only my determination and big goals! KD provided me with the resources necessary to improve my test score to increase my chances at my dream school, Notre Dame, with the help from amazing teachers and staff. I am so grateful for KD!"
"I came to KD the summer before my senior year with only my determination and big goals! KD provided me with the resources necessary to improve my test score to increase my chances at my dream school, Notre Dame, with the... Read more...

Matt K. – Class of 2020

"I started classes at KD the summer before 9th grade. I...made a perfect score on the PSAT (earning the National Merit® scholarship) and, after taking the SAT® test only once (a relief!), scored a 1590/1600."
"I started classes at KD the summer before 9th grade. I...made a perfect score on the PSAT (earning the National Merit® scholarship) and, after taking the SAT® test only once (a relief!), scored a 1590/1600."

Thomas D. – Class of 2019

"In just one year, I was able to raise my score by 300 points and get into my dream school."
"In just one year, I was able to raise my score by 300 points and get into my dream school."

Piper F. – Class of 2020

"Having our recent GHS graduate attend KD was life changing. It provided our son with choices and opportunities that he might not have had otherwise."
"Having our recent GHS graduate attend KD was life changing. It provided our son with choices and opportunities that he might not have had otherwise."

Kathy – Son attends Mizzou

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“I came to KD College Prep after already using another tutoring service which we were not seeing results with. Due to time constraints, the traditional classes were not going to be feasible for my daughter. They took the time to figure out a personal plan that would work for her and were always available for our questions and helping her reach her goals. Every employee from the managers to the students working at their locations are top notch.”
“I came to KD College Prep after already using another tutoring service which we were not seeing results with. Due to time constraints, the traditional classes were not going to be feasible for my daughter. They took the time to figure... Read more...

Tracy – Daughter, Class of 2020

"The KD College Prep course not only provided test practice but also motivated her to work hard for her college applications. It gave her the confidence to dream big!"

"The KD College Prep course not only provided test practice but also motivated her to work hard for her college applications. It gave her the confidence to dream big!"

Prema – Daughter attends Rice