It’s instilled in us practically our entire childhood, GO TO SCHOOL!Getting an education is our parents’ primary goal and focus; it’s what they work so hard for. Some of our parents don’t have more than a high school education and have worked most of their lives providing for their children, in hopes that they will go off to college and make a better life for themselves.
But what if college isn’t in the cards for you?
First off, I am not encouraging or advising that one shouldn’t pursue a college education, I simply want to pose the question of, “Should you go to college right after high school or get straight to work?”
The truth is there is no right or wrong answer, we all walk different paths and some just take longer than others. A college degree isn’t just a piece of paper; it’s a whole experience on its own. You get to explore different parts of yourself, different environments and the commitment to succeed in all of your classes is huge! College allows one to work towards a goal, it teaches you how to commit to something and hopefully follow through. If you remain determined, eventually you will graduate, receive your diploma and begin applying to all the jobs that fall into your major. You’ll get compensated accordingly and will work your way up the ladder. Eventually you’ll have enough experience to go elsewhere and then you can ask for higher pay because you’ve got that college education and now the experience. You’ll work until you’re able to retire with enough financial security along the way to be able to go on yearly vacations, eat all the finest foods and live a good life.
For others the reality is that they graduate high school and have absolutely no idea what they want out of life. They choose not to go to college because they either can’t afford it or don’t want to waste their time and money considering that they don’t know what they want to actually do. They work random jobs for a few years until they discover their passions…here is where things get tricky. You can either decide to go back to school or you can take it upon yourself to just get out there and work! The concept of skipping school and just hustling until you get to the place you want to be at has a higher success rate when you are a creative. Many writers, painters, singers, actors etc. don’t have a college education and they’ve done very well for themselves. You can go to the most prestigious of schools, but if you aren’t a good actor, you simply aren’t. Nobody can jump inside of your body and do that for you. Just like we all can’t be best sellers, either you have it or you don’t. A talent is always already in you, school and training only perfects your craft. Now if you want to be an architect or biochemist, well you have to go to school. There isn’t a way around it, at least none that I know. You wouldn’t allow for a doctor without proper training and education to operate on you, at least I know I wouldn’t.
Going to college gives you an upper hand in life overall. Many jobs won’t even take your application if you don’t have a Bachelors Degree. Some employers will pay less or more, all dependent on your level of education. But not going to college and chasing your dreams isn’t necessarily condemning you for a life of failures. It often times just means that your road to success may be delayed and you may find yourself taking lots of detours along the way. The bottom line is whatever you decide to do, make sure you weigh out your options and ultimately do what’s best for you! There is no bigger setback than doing something that isn’t being done with passion and heart. When you do something that you are whole-heartedly passionate about, there is absolutely no limit to what you can accomplish.
Written By: Alexandra Torres