College is very important to getting ahead in life.
Everyone tells you that.
Statistics show that the average income of college grads is much higher than those who stop at High School.
|Median annual earnings of full-time, full-year wage and salary workers ages 25–34, by educational attainment and sex: Selected years, 1980–2009[In constant 2009 dollars]|
|Year||All education levels||High school diploma or equivalent||Bachelor’s degree|
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics. (2011). The Condition of Education 2011 (NCES 2011–033),
Although an interesting article in the Wall Street Journal disputes some of the facts: What’s a Degree Really Worth?
But are you ready? Is it time to just get to work and start your life?
These are tough calls and you really need to look at this decision from many angles.
If your not sure of what you want to study than I recommend you take your time before making a huge commitment to a college that costs a fortune and you are not ready for.
Consider your options,
Part time Student – Part time work
Taking a semester off to travel.
Here are more suggestions and an excellent article from Kathleen G. Nadeau, Ph.D.
I also found Steve Jobs story an important lesson in how important experiencing life and being true to yourself can be. If you have not seen it don’t miss Steve Jobs’ Stamford commencement address: Text here
So talk to you parents, think long and hard.
Maybe when the economy turns around your prospects for getting a good job will be better,
Keep yourself involved in educational opportunities and when the right thing hits you pursue your dreams.