4 Reasons Why You Might Decide To Postpone College

If you’re a high school senior, you’ve likely heard this questions a million times already…

“Where are you going to college?”

Some students are able to answer this question with relative ease – they know exactly which college they’re going to and what they’re going to major in.

For others, however, answering that question isn’t so easy. Some students don’t know where they want to go to college and they don’t have a clear plan for their future.

“How can I select a college if I’m not even sure what I want to do with my life?” these students ask themselves.

If you fall into that category, then this post is for you. Below are 4 reasons why a high school senior might decide to postpone college.

No Clear Plan = Distractions

It’s not uncommon for new college students to flunk out after their first year. Why? Is it because they weren’t prepared or don’t have the ability to succeed? No. It’s because they aren’t FOCUSED. In order to be successful in college, you have to be focused. For many students, moving away from home and being independent from their parents is just too much freedom to handle all at once.

Mom and dad aren’t there to tell you that going to a party on Wednesday night, when you have an 8am History final the next morning probably isn’t a good idea. And besides, why should you care anyway….you haven’t even decided on a college major, right?

When students don’t have a clearly defined goal, it can be easy for them to get distracted from all the temptations that college campuses are filled with – parties, sports, clubs/organizations, etc. If you wait until you a have a clear goal before starting college, you’ll likely be more focused and increase your odds of being successful.

Getting Work Experience

Gaining a little real world work experience before returning to the classroom might not be a bad idea. Your job might inspire you to major in a particular field of study when you decide to go to college. Or, you might hate your job and be motivated to research other options. One thing’s for sure though, you’ll learn time management skills and how to be responsible. These skills will definitely come in handy, even if you ultimately decide that college isn’t right for you.

Save Money

College is expensive and tuition prices increase every single year. If you take a year off to work full-time, you might be able to stash some cash to help offset some of those college expenses. At a minimum, you should be able to at least save up enough money for your textbooks and dorm supplies.

And, if you’re a good employee, your boss might let you come back to work during winter and summer break.

You Didn’t Get Accepted

If you didn’t get admitted to the college of your dreams, who says you have to settle for second best? Taking a year off and enrolling in a few classes at your local community college might be just want it takes to demonstrate to the college of your dreams that they should admit you.

You can also try volunteering in the community. This might be another good way to build up your college application and give you something interesting to write about in your college admissions essay.

Remember, just because you decide to postpone college, doesn’t mean you’ll never actually go to college. It just means that you’re taking some time off to really figure out what you want to do with your life – and that’s totally okay!

In fact, you might end up better off than some of your friends who rushed off to college without a clear plan.

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Lauren Anderson is a certified school counselor who's passionate about helping students all over the world successfully transition from high school to college! After spending 6 years as a business professional, she obtained her Master’s degree in School Counseling and now spends her spare time helping students.

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