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Should I go to college?!

I’m scared to be away from my family but I’m ready to start a new chapter in my life . What should I do? I wanna leave and explore a side of the world I have never seen before but should I.

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A. Michelle’s Answer

Going to college is a big step, so it is important that you think through the pros and cons. First and foremost, do you want to spend an additional two to four years in a classroom setting? If yes, how will you finance it? If you want to go to college, but are concerned about being away from your family, consider going to a college in a nearby town or state. That way, you will get the college campus experience and experience a new location, but be able to spend the occasional weekend and school breaks visiting your family.
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Charles R’s Answer

You should decide to go to college only if and when you are ready to make this commitment to your academics. College will test your tenacity and if you are not ready for this test, some will decide to drop out.
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Keith’s Answer

It's completely normal to feel a bit nervous. Just remember this important idea: Go out, explore, and embrace new experiences. Broaden your horizons and seize the chance to develop in ways that might not be possible if you stay at home. Create new connections and strengthen your inner self.

I constantly remind my children of this: Home will always be there for you. So, go ahead and soar...
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Will’s Answer

Hi Joslyn! I think the answer to this really comes down to your situation personally. Factors that are really important to consider are things such as finances, reasoning for going versus not, and career outcomes. Questions you should ask yourself include: Would you need to take out loans, and if so, are you willing and able to pay them off for decades? Are you going to college to learn and prepare for the real world, or to see new places and learn who you really are as a person? Are you wanting to determine your career path through trial and error, or through meticulous coursework and studies?

There are no right or wrong answers to any of these questions, but hopefully they help clear some confusion!
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Joseph’s Answer

I agree! College is definitely not for everyone. There are so many factors that play a role in determining if college is right for you. The cost of college is a big debate and could potentially ruin you financially. However, it could also open up a completely new world for you and expose you to things that you would not necessarily have the opportunity for if you did not go, for example, during school I had the opportunity to tour NASA in Cape Canaveral, FL! My best advice is to research. Research what jobs might interest you, how to get there (college path or not), spend some time shadowing those jobs and see if you are a good fit. It's better to find out that you did not like a job, prior to spending a lot of money on education to find out it was not a good fit. Most places will let you shadow someone. Also, do not forget about technical school for trade jobs. Most trade jobs has schooling but it is not as expensive as college and you can potentially make very good money!
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Molly’s Answer

Joslyn,
This is definitely a tricky question, but something only really you can answer. It depends on the person, but also I understand that you want to branch out and experience new and interesting moments in life. College is definitely not for everyone, but I will say...I was like you. I loved and still love my family detrimentally. However, when applying for colleges, I was debating if I really wanted to go due to the fact that I would miss my family all the time. Once I finally accepted where I was to go for the next 4 years, I truly debated if that was even th right place for me as I knew no one attending the organization, as well as it was 5 hours from my home and family.

After sticking it through for the first semester, I can say that I was glad I stayed.. One thing, if you are interested, that made college ten times easier was joining a sorority. I know it DEFINITELY is not for everyone, and may sound a little cheesy, but going and finding a sorority was another one of the best things that I could have ever done. There was where I found some of my closest friends that I am still friends with as to this day. So close that a few of them lived 20 minutes from me this whole entire time, and I had no clue until attending college! I know these ladies and I will always be friends, and have each other's backs for as long as possible.

But to wrap things up, it all depends on the person whether they should go to college or not. I know it can be a big step to do something new and different, but once you step outside of your comfort zone, you'll only focus on the fun adventures and events that will be coming your way.\

Thank you and I hope this helped!

Molly H.
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