Is College for Everyone?

So, you’ve graduated high school. You’ve received your diploma, you’re no longer forced to get up at 6 A.M. for school; you’re free…so to speak. Now what?

For some, it’s already been decided for you. You’re going to get accepted (at this point you probably already have) into your dream school or the school that one or both of your parents attended and encouraged you to go to, to keep the tradition going. You’re going to major in something impressive like Biochemistry or something like that. And you’re going to excel, graduate, and begin an equally impressive career. Sounds easy, right?

Well, it’s not always like that for everyone. Outside of the kids who either know exactly what they want to do after high school (college wise), and the kids that go to the school that their parents encourage them to go to, you have the undecided. The kids who aren’t too sure about what it is that they want to do in college, if they even want to go.

When I graduated from high school, years and years ago, I already knew what I wanted to do. I’ve always known. So, it kind of baffled me when I found out that some of my classmates weren’t going to “further their education” at even a community college. I couldn’t believe it. I would think to myself, “If you’re not going to college, what are you going to do with your life?”

I never meant my reaction in a negative way, or to make them feel bad, I just really wanted to know. I’d known that I wanted to go to college, without any influence from anyone else, since I was in the 8th grade. So, this was very “out of the box” for me.

It wasn’t until I had gotten to my university of choice and saw how many people either didn’t take it seriously, couldn’t decide on a major, or just ended up flunking out after the first year that I realized, “Maybe this isn’t for everyone like I thought. Maybe this doesn’t have to be everyone’s next step in life. College isn’t for everyone.”

I watched some go on to start their own businesses, without a college degree. And I watched some join the Army or the Navy, without even thinking twice about applying to college. We all have different routes, different paths that we’re meant to travel down, and college doesn’t have to be a stop on that path for everyone. Whether college is for you or not, you’ll get to where you’re intended to be regardless. And you’ll know that it’s exactly where you’re supposed to be.

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