Preparation. Even though I went straight to the military after high school, I have learned that education is definitely the key to success. Knowledge is one of the biggest factors to make it in this world. Not everyone is fortunate to know or have that someone backing you up financially. Life is hard enough trying to juggle everything at once. With good preparation one can have the time and resources to better focus on what needs to get done and accomplished. Not just to graduate, but to excel with honors.