There could be any number of reasons to opt out of attending a four-year college. Maybe you’ve crunched the numbers and determined that the investment is too big and the risk too high. Maybe you aren’t sure what you want to study and don’t want to be floating around a college campus with “undecided” as your major. Maybe you just feel burned out on school and want to give yourself some time away from the classroom.
A high school graduation is a significant milestone in many lives, and it often coincides with a young person beginning the final transition into adulthood. In the past, what that meant differed for many people. Today, however, the predominant path involves immediate entrance into college. Many high school students spend their senior years in a chaotic rush of college and scholarship applications, after all. Despite the growing real cost of studying in a university, attendance rates continue to increase. The explanation often goes that earning a degree ostensibly makes one more valuable as an employee, so the tuition, fees, and other associated costs are a justifiable expense.
I have talked at length about the elusive vocation, the alternative route to riches. Whether you go to College, embark upon an apprenticeship, or go straight into a job is perhaps something that most teens do not take the right amount of time to consider. We are easily swayed by the norm, by parents/friends/peers and by what society as a whole seem to expect us to do. There are three strands here that make this subject open to continuous debate and change: [Read more…]