By Amandah Tayler Blackwell | WhenMagazine
You read that that right. College may not be the right choice for you.
Let’s face it; most of us have been conditioned to go to school, get good grades, do well on tests, graduate and then immediately go to college, and of course, graduate all over again.
Okay, then what. Oh yeah. You’re supposed to find a full-time job ASAP so you can pay back your student loan debt.
Alas, most college kids still look for work a few months to one year after they’ve graduated.
Going to college may be a dream of yours, but you may want to examine if it’s your best option. Furthermore, you may want to ask yourself, “Do I really want to go to college?” Let’s examine this further why going to college may not be your best option.
5 Reasons Why Going to College Isn’t Your Best Option
1. A skilled or technical trade is more your style
Perhaps, you’re drawn to skilled trades such as baking, carpentry, chef, cosmetology, construction, electric, HVAC, pipe fitter, plumbing, etc. Pursuing a skilled trade could work for you. After all, you have the option to start your own business. Did you know that most electricians and plumbers charge anywhere from $75 to $100 just to walk in the door? And…You’re the boss! No one will tell you how many hours to work or when you can take a vacation. It’s all up to you.
2. You have no clue as to what you want to study
Do you really know what you want to do when you grow up? I’ll let you in on a secret – most people don’t know what they want to do. However, if you attend to college or university, you’ll have to select a major. You may not have to declare it straightaway, but colleges and universities like to have a ‘general’ idea of how many students are applying to certain programs.
3. You’re only going to college because your parents said you had to
Why are you going to college? Is it because you look forward to the experience? Have you known what you wanted to do since you were five-years-old? Or, are you going to college because your parents said you have to go? This is fine if they’re paying for it.
Going to college/university because your parents say you have to go is a waste of time and money. If you’re not ready or interested in going to college, speak up now before you get yourself into $50,000.00 or more worth of debt or more!
4. You still have some growing up to do
You could go to college and hope to grow as a person, but is it the right way for you to grow as a person? If you live in the U.S., you could take a gap year like the kids in Europe do. They take a year or two off and volunteer with an organization of their choice; they see the world at the same time. A gap year can help you figure out what you want to do and help those in need at the same time.
5. You’d rather become an entrepreneur and start your own business
Are you familiar with the ABC hit show Shark Tank? Teenagers like 16-year-old Maddie Bradshaw, of Dallas, have appeared on the show, and walked away with investment deals. In Maddie’s case, she was lucky enough to have three sharks invest in her company, M3 Girl Designs, LLC, a jewelry company. One of the sharks was QVC personality Lori Greiner, who’s mentoring Maddie. Lori’s mentorship is INVALUABLE. Maddie made a great deal!
Teens please make sure you really want to go to college/university before you apply. It’s not the only path in the forest to get you into the career you want to pursue. If you have an idea about a career you’d like to pursue, start networking NOW and get the lowdown before you apply to college/university. This is a good way to find out if a course of study is right for you. Don’t waste time and money on a degree you’re not enthusiastic about.
If you want to be happy, do what’s best for you. Gently tell your parents that college/university isn’t a good fit for you. Who knows? You could change your mind, and in five years graduate with a degree you wanted.
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Amandah Tayler Blackwell, your “Savvy-Writer,” is an adventurous freelance writer, ghost writer, and creative writer for markets such as travel, the arts & entertainment, magazine, real estate, personal and professional development, and more. She’s an avid blogger and collaborator on book projects and screenplays in addition to writing her own material. Her well-rounded and professional background includes a Master of Science, Management, B.S., Accounting, and Graphic Design certification. She counts among her passions the arts and entertainment, art and design, communication, education, environment and conservation, politics, history, advocacy for various causes, and travel.
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