post high school

  • Should I go to college after high school?

    Posted by gmadmin   |   July 3, 2010

    Dear Juniors and Seniors,

    I don’t know. And neither do you, really. But here are some things to keep in mind:

    • More than any other time in your life, the next four years are about diving into your interests and learning.
    • A college degree is valuable in the workplace.
    • College degrees are much more common than they used to be. So they’re less special, but more expected.
    • Not all college degrees have equal value in the workplace. However, that is not the only type of value.
    • If your only motivation for going to college is to party, save your tuition money and just rent an apartment.
    • Scholarships are both a blessing and a curse. They make college so much more attractive, but they also discourage you from exploring other options.
    • Everyone should experience the hedonism of geeking out with the smartest, most interesting peers and mentors they will ever meet, reading mind-altering books and engaging in life-changing discussions. Sounds like college to me.
    • A little debt well spent is not such a terrible thing. If you want to be a doctor, lawyer, engineer, etc., then you need that college degree.
    • I have never met someone who regretted going to college.
    • I have never met someone who regretted traveling the world.
    • I have never met someone who regretted dreaming big.
    • I know plenty of people who regret not challenging themselves, partying too much, avoiding hard decisions, and getting complacent and lazy.
    • You can be an artist in whatever you do.
    • If you are going to a community college with the intention of transferring your credits to another institution after two years, be sure to check with both schools to make sure your credits will actually transfer. Otherwise it will turn into a six year bachelor’s degree, guaranteed.
    • Maybe the military or the Peace Corps is right for you. I’m sure they could use you.
    • When you get the travel bug, check out If you crave adventure, only you can make it happen. Quit making excuses.
    • Take risks. Not the kind where you end up with your car wrapped around a light pole, but the kind where you pick a controversial thesis topic for your paper, do a play with on-stage nudity, speak in front of a crowd, wake up at 4 am to join the rowing team, form a club, start a business, email your favorite writer, learn a skill outside your comfort zone, be different, read a religious text from cover to cover, study a foreign language, learn to cook, speak to strangers…
    • Talk your plans over with your loved ones. Really listen to their point of view.
    • Learn how to gracefully admit when you have been wrong. Because if you are never wrong, then you are not growing.
    • For most of us, breaking up with our first love is part of growing up. Try to have some perspective on those things.
    • If you challenge yourself, keep an open mind, think hard, work harder, seek knowledge, fill your heart with love, dream big, pay your dues, and keep a moral grounding, then whatever path you take will lead you somewhere worthwhile.
    • College is waaaay more interesting than high school. 🙂

    Email Post
    Email This
    Blog This
    Share to Twitter
    Share to Facebook
    Share to Pinterest
    Publicly recommend on Google
    +3 Recommend this on Google


Recent Posts