Is College Right for You?

Is college right for you? I don’t know, and no one does accept for you. So stop looking for someone to give you the answer you want to hear, and act upon the answer that is within your heart. There is no right or wrong way in life. I come from a long line of very strong women, women who had to work really hard to get to where they are today. They each took there own strange path, however, they all successfully raised their kids.

My sisters and I (there are three of us total including me) we have each taken a different path. I’m the eldest, I did everything the “right” way. I ended up exactly where I wanted to be all along, but it wasn’t anything I ever envisioned or imagined, because I am a stay at home mom. I am also a writer who gets paid to write what she loves, you can’t beat that.

My youngest sister just spent half a year traveling the world, while getting college credit for it. She is studying to be an artist. I have full faith she will accomplish it too. Like me she did things the “right” way, only she didn’t just go to college, she went somewhere new, she took the risk and made it happen.

My middle sister, she went to a community college. She got her associates degree. She tried and tried to get a job in her field, but couldn’t. She decided she wanted to have a baby. So she did, and she went back to school. She got a second associates degree and was recently offered a job in her field. She is my super hero, because she took a risk. She not only had a baby when she could not realistically be expected to afford one, but she also went back to school, while simultaneously working and taking care of a new born. She is my super hero. Both of my sisters are my super hero. I’m hoping that one day I will be just like them.

I went to college, and I will admit I learned a lot. I even plan on going back to college one day. However, I have a lot of friends who didn’t go to college. Some who started then quit and decided the career life was better. I have some who started, quit, and went back again a little later. I have some who did not go straight away, but went once they knew what they wanted to do. There are so many paths to life. It is hard to choose and decide which is the right fit for you.

The truth about life is that you never know what it is going to bring you. Maybe you really want to go to college, but you are not 100% sure what you want to do in terms of a career or a major. If this is you, then I highly recommend attending community college. It provides a great and easy opportunity to take a few classes and explore your options. In the mean-time you can also get all of those pesky basics courses out of the way.

Are you completely unsure whether college is right for you, and are planning to attend simply because that is what everyone expects from you? Do you secretly have your eyes set on a mission trip or traveling the world? Do not allow others to guide your life choices. You are an adult now, about to take life by the horns. No one else is responsible for your life choices accept for you. So if you want to travel the world, I suggest you do it. Something I wish I had when I was younger was the drive to do the crazy thing. I almost always did the smart thing.

Since graduating college I wish I had worked more in the real world. I didn’t because I thought I was going to become a professor. Whether you are thinking about just going straight to the working world, or are considering taking some time off from school to work full time I think this is just as smart as going straight to college and completing all four years in one sitting. After all when you do go get that degree (if that is what you choose to do) you will graduate not only with a certification that can get you a great high paying job, but work experience on your resume that many employers require on top of a diploma in today’s work force.


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