I’ve just about reached the last semester of my high school career, and trust me when I say that I understand how stressful that can be. All my friends have known what college they want to go to and what they want to major in for months now. I’m just now figuring that all out.
Going to college is a big decision. It’s a long-term commitment. It’s a lot of money. It’s a lot of time. You need to make sure it’s what’s best for you and the direction you want to go in. Will the money you spend on college be worth the outcome you will receive from it? Before you settle down on a college and major, think about the jobs you can get with that degree. Can you get a job in your area? In your state? Or would you have to move across the country just to be able to make your degree worth the time, money and effort?”
Keep in mind that college isn’t the only way to success.
These days, people make it seem like college is a necessity to be “successful” in life. It’s not. I used to think that without college I would “fail at life.” And let me tell you this: One of my good friends told me that “it is impossible to ‘fail’ at life.” And she was right. There are no standards you have to meet, no limits you have to reach. It’s your life. Do what makes YOU happy even if it isn’t the “traditional” way to go. My junior year of high school, I decided to go against the “traditional” route and start taking all my class online–which is something I’ll get into another time–but it worked for me. And I went that route because I believe it was best for me. And to this day, I still think it was.
So no, obviously, you don’t have to go to college. It isn’t a necessity in your life. It all depends on you, and what you want to experience and achieve in your life. Now if your goal is to be a doctor or a forensic scientist, then yes, you will need to go to college to receive the education you will need for those types of jobs and environments, but not all careers require a college education. Maybe you desire to be a mechanic, a nanny, a choreographer, or a freelance graphic designer–you don’t need a college education to achieve these goals.
Personally, I’m taking the journalism route. Not broadcasting, but online, media writing. At first, I didn’t want to go to college. I really didn’t want to go. Journalism isn’t something that requires a college education. There are ways to make it without, although it is extremely difficult and may take a while. But, it is possible. I was determined to go that route. I knew it would be a lot of hard work, but the problem was, I didn’t have a plan.
You need a plan.
Whether you go to college, or you don’t, you need a plan. If you go, your plan is most likely to go to college, get an internship if possible, and you’ll likely get a pathway to a job through your internship, your professors, or someone you meet along your college journey. But if you don’t go to college, you definitely need a plan or you might find yourself feeling lost in this big world. You need to find a direction you want to go in. It may take a while to find something you would be interested in building a career in, but it if you take time to develop an idea of what you want your future to hold, then your future self will thank you for it.
In the end, whether you decided to go to college or not, make sure you are doing something you enjoy. If you enjoy your job then you will never work a day in your life. Think about that. God gave you this life so spend it enjoying yourself and doing something you can thrive in.