I feel like education in the US is based on the idea that a child needs to get good grades in high school, go to college, and then get a job. This can be a good thing, but I believe that too many of our youth assume this to be the correct path, as they are told by society, without giving it as much as second thought. How many people put themselves through college and come out with a massive debt load, only to find themselves in a job they’ve become tied to, so they can pay off that debt, and are not even happy with what they are doing?
College has become as much about furthering your education as it is about social growth. Young people living together often discover a lot about themselves at college, as it is still a formative time in one’s life. Now, is it necessary to go to college to experience this personal growth? This is a question that some need to ponder before blindly following the pack to higher education when it is not the right decision for them.
I think these are just a couple of important things to think about, if only to question the status quo. There is no right or wrong here, it is up to each individual youth to decide what is right for them. Missing out on college may not necessarily be a bad thing, if it allows one to better fulfill their potential in life, whatever that may be. College should be about getting a degree that you can use in a field that interests you. For those that see college as mainly a social interest I say this, move to a college town, find some work, meet all the students, make friends and party. You can hold off on the school part, until you are ready to take it seriously, so you are not racking debt for a piece of paper that may turn out to be meaningless to you anyway.