Should I go to College?
These days, the mantra in education is that every student can succeed and go on to college. Whether or not that's true, it overlooks an important point: not everyone should go to college. Is college right for you?
Does the career you want require a college education?
Face it: these days, a bachelor's degree is often required to get even an entry-level position. However, for many jobs (particularly "hands-on"-type jobs), a technical school is a better bet than a traditional university. Technical schools offer job-training programs that provide practical skills for many blue-collar jobs.
Does this mean you should only go to college if you know your job will require it? Not at all! These days, most people will have multiple careers, and often employers are satisfied with a degree in an unrelated subject, as it shows that you have the ability to learn. Additionally, many people really don't know what they want to do with their lives, and taking a variety of college classes is a good way to be exposed to various subjects and find out what interests you.
Are you ready to put in the effort that college requires?
For many people, going to college means time to party. These people are the reason why senior-level classes have many fewer students than freshman-level classes. College can be fun, but if you're not prepared to work it can also be a waste of money.