College Alternatives

College acceptances have given out; students

have made their decisions.  In this process, certainly many students and parents have realized that not every high school graduate is meant for college, either temporarily or permanently. For some, putting off college attendance for 1-2 years makes sense and now has a name “gap year’ borrowed from the British. For some, taking a year or two off gives a teenager time to mature and think about the future. For others, they have time to explore alternatives to college that might prove to be more satisfying.

Here are some alternatives to college:

1. Live at home and go to a local school. Experience college level work and interests with less expense and continuing to have the structure of home.

2. Get a job. Learn what you like and don’t like about work. If you don’t have to make money, volunteer, gt an internship, apprentice yourself to a master in some field, even for 3-6 months. Test the work world and learn about yourself and your skills.

3. Live somewhere else – a different city or country with relatives, friends, in a formal program or figuring it out as you go.

4. Consider the military, especially for people who need structure. But remember, military personnel go to war – this is not an extended gym membership.

Not everyone is suited to the traditional high school to college to job. Appreciate non-traditional opportunities.



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