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How to go to college, travel and balance my money whilst being happy?

Hi, I am a junior in high school and I want to travel when I graduate but I also want to go to college while I travel and make money. How can I do these things and still keep my anxiety down?

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jessica’s Answer

Hey Rayanne! 😊 Here's a suggestion that might be perfect for you - how about exploring a part-time job in hospitality or the travel industry? You'll find that many fantastic hospitality brands (I work at a big hotel company myself 😉) not only offer amazing discounts but also provide exciting opportunities to travel and embark on special assignments. It could be the perfect blend of work and adventure you're seeking! Hope this helps, and I wish you the best on your journey! ✨
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Siddharth’s Answer

My honest advise would be to pick one place of travel once you graduate from high school for vacation as a gift for yourself but dont combine education, work and travel. This is the time to focus on your education and once you have completed your college education and get a good job in the path you want to pursue then you can travel all you want.
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T.J.’s Answer

Hello Rayanne!

It might be tricky to attend college, earn money, and travel at the same time. Usually, when gong to college full-time, you won't have enough breaks to travel frequently...

However, here's some options you can consider:

#A. Enter the workforce after high school and attend college later.

An ideal route if you care more about making money than traveling/college at the moment. Working for a few years can help you save money for whatever you want to spend in the future - such as college, or travel expenses!

In this route... You can either:
- Jump in & work full-time for jobs that only require HS/GED (such as the Military or Apprenticeships) OR
- Attend community college (finish your first two years) and then enter the workforce full-time with a Associate's Degree.
There are many profitable jobs possible with an Associates if it's centered on Health care, Industrial maintenance, Electrical engineering, Welding, Computer science, HVAC, etc.

You can always go to college at a later age. 18 isn't the only time to start college. You can go at 21, 24, 30, or higher.
Your age doesn't matter. As long as you're willing to learn and focus on your career.

#B. Enroll in a online bachelor's program.

Some colleges offer bachelor's degrees with classes that are completely online. A caveat to this is some general education credits will likely take place in person. So, you may need to go to class for your first two years & put your travel plans on hold.
Regardless, an online program can provide flexibility to work/build money, and possibly travel.

If you have a career in mind, see if a online degree will work with your goals. Also, double check to see if the online courses are asynchronous or synchronous each semester, as that can affect your travel/work times.

#C. Defer your enrollment & take a gap year.

An ideal route if you care more about traveling, over college at the moment. Deferment means you can save your spot in college after getting accepted. You can take a year off in between your senior year & college. You can also work & save money during a deferment period, if needed.

Here's an article to learn more:
https://scholarships360.org/college-admissions/deferred-enrollment/

While it may not be possible to do everything, you can focus on 1 to 2 of your goals.
Make sure you research every job/college you're applying for and weigh the pros and cons. Set up a strong plan to achieve your goals. Then, work hard to achieve them.

Sending you encouragement as you work towards your personal goals :)
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Julia’s Answer

Hey Rayanne! I have this fantastic idea that I believe is going to enrich your college experience immensely! Why not consider securing a part-time job while you attend college? This way, you can save up some money and use your breaks to travel and create unforgettable memories.

Even better, have you ever thought about doing a study abroad program, perhaps in Europe? This incredible opportunity would not only allow you to explore various countries, but it would also greatly enhance your educational journey by providing you with diverse cultural experiences. Trust me, your college years will be absolutely amazing with these adventures under your belt. Remember, the world is your oyster - seize this amazing opportunity and make the most of it! 😄🌍
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