College: Do You Need to Go?
One question I'm asked by every young adult is whether or not they should go to college. Before I write more, I want to tell you how difficult it is for me to lead you in the right direction when I don't know your story. That being said, I have a lot of experience in this particular topic, so I can lead you in a general sense with some tips I have.
A little bit of backstory on me: I didn't go to college because of a few reasons...
1. I transferred to online school when I was a junior in high school. For that reason, I Googled my way into a diploma. I strongly suggest not doing what I did- but I was too preoccupied to care. Online school is nothing like regular high school: classes are easy, you can Google everything, and you're totally on your own. I finished one year in four months. Maybe you're reading this right now and you're a teen who wants to transfer to online school. I say go for it! But take harder classes than me. Come up with a strict schedule for yourself, down to the minute...snacks, phone calls, and stuff you do on the side needs to be accounted for.
2. *THE MOST IMPORTANT REASON* I wouldn't have lasted a day in college. I was too busy blogging, making $50 per week doing social media for different clients, and following my dreams. If I wanted to go to college, I would've had to back off from blogging because I'm not someone who can breeze through school with As. If you're someone like my best friend, Gabe, he could submit a paper two minutes before and study 2 seconds before and still get an A.
I wonder if I should've gone, and then I remember that I have the rest of my life to go to school. Right now, I'm riding my life journey out. If I wake up one day and want to go to school, I'll go and get a journalism degree. Having a college degree doesn't mean you're necessarily smarter than anyone else, which is why I hate how high school presents college. What's the point in going to college if you'e going to leave without a job? Spend your time focusing on something that can make you money and eventually land you your dream job.
3. I didn't have any money at the time, and my parents couldn't pay for my college. Most young adults are in this situation, and that's why many young adults don't go to college. If you don't have money and want to go, there's always a way if there is a will. Online college and community college are reliable colleges, and will get you your degree while you do other stuff, too.
So, should you go to college?
First, answer these few questions for me.
1. Do you have a side hustle? Something you do on the side that you're SO passionate about?
2. If you said both yes or no to the above, are you bringing in any money? More than $10 per hour?
3. Can you get through college and do both?
4. Do you want to be a lawyer, doctor, or vet? Then you need to go to college.
Depending on how you answered the above questions, you should have a pretty good sense of whether college is right for you. Something I always suggest if you can't decide is take a year off between high school and college (a gap year) to save up and follow your dreams, even if it's something small at first. Then, after a year, choose a community college or an online college. You'll save money, and you can do what you love on the side without being tied down at a 24/7 intensive college.
College is expensive. It's disgustingly expensive. And if you're like me, you didn't and don't have parents who can financially assist you in any way. Like I said above, if there is a will, there is a way. Follow your heart. If you do decide to got a "real" college, get a plan in order for paying that debt off. Having to pay off loans for the rest of your life might not sound like the greatest route in the world for you, which is why online or community college could be an awesome idea.
Life is WAY too short to stress; let your life play out. Maybe that means taking a gap year, or going right into online college so you can finish early. Never second guess yourself; you're always right.