I am in my senior year of high school and have been asking myself for years if college is right for me. I know it’s necessary to get a decent paying job but I don’t know if I can handle it when high school is overwhelming already. I’m not even sure what career is right for me, high school didn’t do enough to prepare me for this. What should I do?
The awesome thing about community colleges and all college systems is that they require you to take classes in fields that are outside of your intended major. You get a ton of exposure to different subjects which can help you find the right major for you. If you honestly believe that a more scholarly future isn't for you then take some time to really examine what it is that makes you happy. I started out studying psychology and i do think it was still a good choice for me, but i found something that I knew would make me happier and that was interior design. You should consider looking into trade schools that specialize in blue collar work like mechanics or something. There are a lot of options out there. Just think about the things that make you happy and then think of how you can make a living off that. Music? Drawing? Traveling? Photography? There are so many things you can do, you just have to be creative with how you implement hem. For example, maybe you like to travel and by living that dream out, you can study photography and work for national geographic and take pictures all around the world. This is the creative connecting you can do between your own interests and your career. In the end, if you're doing something you love and makes you happy, then you chose the right path.
It may sound strange for some to hear this, but you don't have to jump right into college. Sometimes it is better (smarter) to wait. If you aren't ready-don't do it. You will end up with much more stress than you know. I have had many friends (and heard it from adults whom are far into their careers now) all agree.If you don't know what you want to do yet-you will be bound to regret jumping into college after spending so much money (even with money assistance) and want to change your path later which can be difficult at times.
Plus if you were overwhelmed in high school, although college is different, it does have more riding on it for it is more about your future than high school.You are young, there is no need to rush; take your time and do it at your own pace and you will find you way just fine~.
I have not gone to college myself, and I am just as good as the rest of my friends who have(and even better off than some). Don't worry, keep your head up =3 you will be fine.
Do not jump into college if you're not ready to. Everyone told me that I would have time to choose a major and "everyone switches their majors a lot". However, if you want to make things A LOT easier for yourself you will do your best to investigate what your true calling may be before blindly picking a school that might not even have a program for your area of study.
Go to career fairs, volunteer at different types of places (hospitals, animal shelters, with children, ect.), experiment with hands on careers, consider a trade school, explore your options. Get to know what you like, what excites you, what interests you, and so on. If this means you'll need to take a semester or two off than so be it. Just be sure that you have the drive to get back onto that horse.
Your education and future is important, thats why its okay to take the time you need to figure it out.
You do not need to have a major already decided before you start college. There are many people who jump in with no clue where they want to go. Heck, majority change their major half way through. You can test the waters and decide a major later. Also, there are many people I know who had majored in one thing, but ended up going back and studying something completely different. My friend majored in ancient languages and almost became a priest. But then a couple years later he returned and is now in college to become a PA-like a doctor.
Well in today's world, I definitely suggest considering college. High school is stressful I guess but hardwork should pay in college. You should try considering going to a liberal arts college so that you can explore your interests and find something thats interesting. I would suggest applying to college this year and if you find it too stressful, defer for a year. However, I know alot of people who took year gaps before going to college and now even when applying for Masters, they're asked about the year gap and what important work they did over the time. Colleges are usually strict about this too so if you do take a gap year, make sure you dont waste it away and try to do some work and all.
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