The Topic of College

Since the local colleges around me have started classes this month I figured it would be a good idea to talk a little bit about the subject.

College is a time for teenagers to branch out away from parents, meet new people, and start the first step to adulthood.

It’s a big decision for a teenager to make on what they want to do with the rest of their life. How is an eighteen year old supposed to make a decision this big? There’s people in the workforce that still don’t know what they want to do.

We should not expect a teenager to know exactly what degree or future job they should do in the upcoming years. Changes happen in life, sometimes for the good or the bad. You might not end up in the position you thought you had in mind.

On that note, college isn’t completely necessary to get that high paying job or be high up on the company ladder. Depends on the position but some degrees you really don’t need it. Doctors, accountants, and engineers are a few that do need a degree in their specific field however. I don’t want my doctor right off the street with no knowledge on how to do a surgery.

Personally, I will never knock anyone for wanting to go to a four-year college. I do my best to be excited for them because I know that’s what might be best for them and what they want. On the other hand if someone asks me why I only went to a two-year college, I’m going to tell them the truth.

College can be a great tool for networking and knowledge depending on how you use the resources around you.

It’s About Being Self-Aware

While I was in school, I did my homework, studied, and did the best I could but I have never really enjoyed it. The sports and hanging with friends is what I enjoyed the most, but sitting in class all day about topics I don’t like just never interested me.

So when it came time to start deciding where I would go for college, a four year college wasn’t really what I wanted at the moment. I really didn’t know if I could get through another four years of school. Keeping my options open, I went to a community college for a 2 year degree.

About a semester in, I realized this was what I wanted and would be done after the two years. I made sure to make my classes work around my job so I could squeeze out as much hours as I could. I’m just someone who would rather be at work and staying active than sitting in a classroom.

The point of all this is that if you want to go to a four year college, do it. If you don’t even want to step foot on a college campus, then don’t. A four degree is really beneficial and helpful to some, while others it’s just not for them. I was just self-aware about what would be best for me and it has worked out so far.

If you’re struggling on what route to take, I would take mental notes on what you do and don’t enjoy. Find what you’re interested in and see what the different colleges have to offer. Being terrible at science and really only interested in business classes pushed me towards a community college.

Even if you’re not completely sure on what way to go, trust your gut and it will work out in the end. It’s your life so don’t let anyone else make the decision for you.

No one knows you better than yourself.

Thanks and Be Great,

Jared

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