You know you want to be successful but you don’t know how you’re going to do it. You also have no clue where to start and the only advice you have been given is to go to college.
In today’s society information is at our fingertips and there are plenty of success stories that bid the question; should I go to college? Well, we have compiled a list of questions that you should ask yourself before making that life decision.
1. Have I tried enough?
For me, I only played basketball in high school. I had seldom opportunities to do much else and while basketball ended up landing me a full ride it also caused me to wander in a world full of possibilities. If you are one of those high school kids that didn’t really try anything or maybe you’re like me and only had time for one thing, maybe you should go to college and figure out what you might like. So pick a general undergrad – most college students change their degrees anyway!
2. What do I enjoy?
If you were fortunate enough to find something you really liked in high school then this is a good question to ask. Whether it is photography or math you might need to go to college to refine those skills. Or maybe you feel like you can learn more about photography on youtube than in a classroom.
3. Do I like structure or flexibility?
This is a great question to follow up what you enjoy because even if you feel like you could learn it all online you might not be able to teach yourself. Some students need someone to teach them. There is no shame in that! Not all of us are hardwired to teach ourselves and visa versa.
4. Do I have connections?
If no then college might be a good option since during college you will have professors who have been trained in your field! Not everyone is blessed to have mom and dad pull out their rolodex and find them their first job out of college. Experts estimate that 70%-80% of jobs aren’t advertised publicly. Often, you have to know the right people to secure employment. (Found via NPR)
5. Can I support myself?
A lot of the time colleges offer loans to students who desperately need it. Once those loans fulfill the payments you can get that leftover money to help support you through the semester! That would also mean long-term debt though. On the other hand, you might have a job that can financially support you already and don’t need to go to college. Working full time while you are pursuing your other passions might be the better option.
6. How disciplined am I?
If you have options outside of college you need to be honest with yourself, are you disciplined enough to see them through? The fact of the matter is that in high school we are protected by our parents from rent, taxes and most distractions. When we take that first couple of steps out on our own it can be discouraging, to say the least. Be honest with yourself and make sure you are ready to take on the responsibility of adulthood and if you’re not then maybe get some practice in college.
We hope this article helped you figure out if you should go to college and we hope that you will let us know if you did! Comment on this Instagram picture if it helped and maybe one question you would add to our list!