Is pursuing a higher education really that important?

By , May 9, 2013

I only have one year to complete high school. I’ve been thinking not to go to college because I’m frustrated to go to school again. My grades were always mediocre, teachers have always gave me a hard time (even in elementary school), studying and doing homework was a total pain, I suck at math, I never took any honors or AP classes. The only things I’ve done were join clubs that help out people (Key Club, helping hands), one year in the literary magazine (but they didn’t need me anymore for some odd reason) photography. I just feel it would be waste applying for colleges that would reject me anyways since I would get no teacher that would sign my recommendation sheet, my average GPA, and the courses I take. Would I be making a mistake to not pursue a higher education?
Plus I still don’t know what career to pursuit.

4 Responses to “Is pursuing a higher education really that important?”

  1. Thomas M says:

    If you don’t like school, then you shouldn’t go to college straight out of high school. Try working for a while. If you find that you are at a dead end career-wise, then you can go back to community college, and you’ll be well-motivated to do well. If you ask any community college professor, they will tell you that the 30-year old students they have are much better students than the teenagers who are just going to college because they think that’s what they’re supposed to do.

    There are plenty of good careers for people who don’t like school, if they’re willing to work with their hands, for example. You might consider being an apprentice to a plumber or an electrician or a carpenter or a welder if you have more interest and talent in those areas. People in those kinds of jobs make lots of money.

    But don’t be discouraged about trying to go to college if it’s just that you aren’t the best student. A community college will definitely take you, as long as you have a high school diploma. They’ll take you for non-degree study even without a diploma. Some community colleges have additional admissions requirements for programs like nursing, but otherwise, they are completely open admissions.

  2. Lolly says:

    College isn’t for everyone, but the reality is that if you don’t go you will severely limit what you can do. Maybe you should take a year off and work. Community college might be a good option for you as well. Community colleges accept anyone, so don’t worry you will get in. Another great option for you would be to join the military. They will teach you a skill, and you can make very good money in the military without a college degree.

  3. Kriemhild says:

    I think that sometimes it’s better to take some time off and go to travel,work in foreign countries,learn and see the real life.Maybe after some years you’ll know what do you want to do with your life.Luckily enough,nowadays it’s normal to study for degrees when a bit more mature,so there will always be a chance.There’s no point in forcing yourself to do something you haven’t got your heart in.
    It’s the best time to discover the world when you’re young.No responsibilities,bills to pay etc.
    And who said that a job in banking in the City would make people happy?

  4. Evie says:

    I graduated in three years by taking night school, but the whole time I just got o.k. grades. I did clubs and had a great time with my friends but decided what is the point in more school? So I took online classes and graduated the year before all of my friends and jumped into the work force. I have been working full time now for almost 2 years and make way more than all my friends do who graduated just last year. I have plenty of potential to make enough money in the future to live well off of, and since my family can’t afford to pay for my education I am saving up to go back. I still don’t know what I want to be but if I ever decide I have the money and I can go back. I don’t think taking out a loan is worth it becuase a degree doesn’t garuntee that you will make anymore money then not having the degree at all.
    Look at it this way,
    Your a receptionist for 2 years, then you are a administrative for 2 years (thats the equivalent of a university) Then you go into Accounts payable Accounts Receivable for 2 years and then you have the experience to be an office manager which can pay from 50,000 to 60,000 without a degree. So instead of paying for a 4 year degree, you can make money and work your way up to the same position without incurring any debt that you would get from taking out a student loan. And then the chances of you switching your degree you wouldn’t loose anymore money, you would just change fields and work your way up in almost the same amount of time it would take you to complete classes.
    Don’t rush, and Don’t worry Everything happens for a reason.

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