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Is College Right for You?

Graduation, the end of high school and the start of your adult life. What will you do after this? College? Keep on reading to find out how you should decide (in my opinion).

Why You Should Not Go to College

If you are planning on attending college, why are you going? Is it to live the college experience? Is it to meet new people and gain new experiences? If your answer is yes to any of the previous questions, then do not go to college.

College is meant for people who want to study teaching, astronomy, mathematics, computer science, among other specialized fields. You should not go to college just for the college experience but should go to academically strengthen yourself to stand out among the general crowd for your future career. Your main goal for college should be to learn.

If you want to have the “college experience,” you can still go to your favorite college’s games and still talk to people attending college. The benefit of this route is that you can experience some of the events college students experience without the burdens of college work and the debt that comes afterward.

Another thing to think about: do you even need to go to college? What do you want to do as a career? Many jobs do not require a college degree, although it may help you. Doctors, engineers, and teachers need to go to college to be accredited.

Where Should You Go to College

Now that you are sure that you need to go to college, let’s look at where you should go. I believe the number one factor when deciding the right college to go to is the tuition.

Tuition is a lingering factor of college you will have to deal with, but it is also the worst. Debt is stressful; it is a thief in the night that will steal your future money and comfort. It’s hard to think about tuition when paying it off seems so far off, but you have to lean on other people’s wisdom on this subject. For myself, I go to Ms. McCammon for the best advice: “get the best education for the least amount of money” (paraphrased). This is the best advice you can receive about choosing a college.

How do you do this? Through scholarships. Find those colleges that give you the best deal by cutting down your tuition. Colleges like Bob Jones, Anderson, North Greenville, and other small schools are known for being affordable because of this. If you can afford a more expensive school like Clemson, then go for it. As long as you are attending a college that charges you the minimal amount of tuition, then you should graduate in good condition.

You should also look for opportunities like the Starbucks College Achievement Plan. This program provides all Starbucks employees with the opportunity to receive their bachelor’s degree for free. You should check it out if interested here.

I hope this article has helped you on your journey to deciding what is in your best interest regarding what college you choose.