10 Signs Traditional College Isn’t For You

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Going to college after finishing high school is what usually expected from many young people: they do it without actually thinking and doubting whether they should do it or not. Maybe this happens because their parents’ opinion is too important (and many of our parents still remember the times when the college was the only way to receive a good education and to find a good job later). Maybe they do so because they have no idea what else to do with their lives. However, a college education becomes more and more expensive every year, and so going to college just because someone else thinks it’s necessary isn’t wise at all.

Not to say that a college education is useless: it definitely isn’t. There are so many benefits of going to college: you receive a good education, you make friends for life, you become more organized and independent etc. Moreover, some professions (like doctors or scientists) obviously require higher education, there are plenty which don’t.

There are definitely pros and cons on not going to college. However, these days there are many alternatives to the traditional college education. You are able to learn quicker without paying money for it (or at least without paying so much money), you can learn from world’s most famous professors and coaches who do online lecturing, you can receive the necessary skills simply by practicing a lot or by taking an internship. There are many opportunities and you (and only you) need to decide, which ones would be the most suitable for you. But if you have some doubts about going to college, let us calm you down a bit: you actually don’t have to do this if you don’t want to. If it’s tough for you to make a decision, take a look at this list of signs traditional college isn’t for you.

1. You have no idea what to do with your life and how do you want to earn a living.
2. Your dream profession doesn’t require a college degree: skills and practice are enough.
3. Academic environment makes you feel bad: it’s not comfortable and makes it hard for you to learn.
4. You can gain necessary knowledge from somewhere else: for example, with the help of online courses or short professional courses.
5. You want to start your own business as soon as possible and need to invest money into it, not in education.
6. You have a good internship opportunity you’re willing to try.
7. You don’t have enough money and don’t want to get into debt that you’ll have to repay later.
8. You want to travel and explore things more.
9. Someone else pressures you to go.
10. You don’t feel excited about going to college at all.

Basically, a college education is all about dedicating 5 long years to receiving a certain profession. If you aren’t sure that this profession is the one you dream of and you’re going to spend most of your life working in this particular area, college is probably a bad investment both time and financially wise for you.

Money is another problem here: college these days is actually very pricey, and a lot of families take loans to give their children a proper education. Sometimes even those loans are not enough and students have to combine work and study to pay for college, or spend the first few years after graduation working hard to repay that loan. In that case, it’ll probably be awhile before you start actually working for yourself and for your needs. So if money is very important to you, you might consider not going to college in order to save them. Moreover, if you start working early, while most of your contemporaries are still studying, you’ll have a pretty big working experience (and more money) by the time they’ll only graduate and start looking for a job.

For those, who’ve struggled to finish school because it was boring, or they were bullied, or academic environment doesn’t fit them at all, college can be not the brightest idea too. If you are afraid that you are going to feel uncomfortable long 5 years before you finally graduate, maybe should consider not going to college.

One of the worst things we can do to ourselves is to force us to do something just because others think it would be great for us. However, while a child, who only started school, hardly knows that better, a grown-up school graduate probably already understands what do they want to do and what not. Therefore, choose for yourself and don’t be afraid: after all, college won’t go anywhere and if you change your mind, you can still apply there in a year or two.

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