Why Shouldn’t I Go To College?

Are you worried that the collegiate lifestyle might not be the right choice for you? You’re not alone. If you’re on the fence about college or positive college isn’t the right move keep reading.

Jonathan Bryant, a friend who chose to not attend college after graduation has some insight if you’re asking yourself “Why shouldn’t I go to college?”

Why did you choose to not attend college right after high school?

It just wasn’t the right choice for me at the time. My reasons are maturity and money.

Is college totally out of the question for you then?

No, I’m going to go to school eventually when I’m mature enough and have enough money to not struggle. I’m going to go to college when I fully know what I want to do in life instead of going to college partying and being stupid with $30,000 hanging over my head.

So what did you do instead of going to college?

First I moved out of the state I went to high school in. I didn’t want to get stuck in the same rut of high school even after I had left. I then got into a vocational welding program where I took both conventional style classes as well as hands on.

What was vocational school like?

First it was 49 old men and myself taking classes in the morning then in the afternoon out welding and pipefitting. By the end of the program there was 10 of us and I was the youngest by 15 or so years.

Did you find vocational school to be easier than a typical education?

Yes lots easier. Some people aren’t built for college or high school. And just look at so many construction company owners; they never went to school, they just mastered their trade.

So in the end, do you recommend taking some time off?

Definitely. If you’re not ready then don’t waste the money on something as important as college. And if you aren’t interested at all then there are plenty of other options.

What exactly are those other options? Here’s a list of things to do instead of going to college.

1. Take a gap year

Sometimes the timing just isn’t right. Maybe that’s your problem with college. Often times the idea of 4 more years of school right after a 13 year streak just doesn’t sound appealing, but the idea of college itself isn’t too bad.

If that’s the case then taking a gap year may be the perfect choice for you.

A gap year is a transitory year where you essentially do anything that helps you to grow as a human being. Most people take this time to travel, but you’re not limited to just travel. Other options include;

  • Volunteering
  • Internships
  • Language Study
  • Sports

2. Work

Maybe the timing’s right, but the money’s tight. If college is out of your reach due to finances it may be in your best interest to take a year off and work.

As a recent high school grad with only a diploma you probably aren’t going to find the most glamorous of jobs. Or at least you’re more than likely not finding a CEO position anytime soon. Be humble with the jobs you are offered.

Don’t feel like you need to find the highest paying job just because you are trying to save up for something big. A small wage can easily grow if you show hard work and dedication.

Even though you’re taking a year off to work, don’t forget to have some fun too. Just because you aren’t living in college dorms doesn’t mean you should miss out on the fun that comes along with college. Don’t overwork yourself; you don’t want to get burnt out at only 18.

3. Trade School/ Vocational Training

Maybe a typical 4-year college is completely out of the question. If college and the run of the mill college majors don’t interest you, have no fear! Trade school and vocational training are other wonderfully viable options.

Vocational schools offer job-specific training, instead of a liberal arts type of education. As mentioned by my friend Jon before, programs such as welding fall into the vocational field. Other vocational training offerings include;

  • Agricultural
  • Computer Programming
  • Construction

While most of the literature you receive in high school is telling you all about college, remember that it’s okay if college isn’t the right choice for you. That’s the beauty of college; it’s a choice. Do what is best for you in the long run.

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University of Portland junior, Chelsea Halstead, is a Communications and French double major. Chelsea hails from Alaska originally, but calls Portland, OR home now. When Chelsea isn't at school or whipping up a mean latte as a Barista, she enjoys spending time outdoors and attempting to make Pinterest crafts!
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