Going to college is usually considered a smart idea, however, not every decides to go. Often, the people who need to go the most, find themselves making excuses not to. Here are some of the most common excuses not to go to college, and why they aren’t valid excuses!
“I just finished 12 years of school! Why add more?”
The education required for a high school diploma is long, thirteen years long if you include kindergarten, but if you can survive thirteen years of school, then what’s another four? That additional four years dramatically increases your earning potential as well as makes you a more qualified candidate for jobs!
“I’m too busy for college!”
Many college students have jobs, children and other obligations, however, even just take a course or two per semester is still feasible. Instead of watching two hours of television each night, or going to the bars on Friday and Saturday nights, you could be attending night classes, or working on distance education courses! Proper time budgeting will make taking classes even easier!
“I don’t need to go to college! No one in my family has ever gone!”
In every family, there needs to be a first for everything. Just because your family members never went to college, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t go. Even if your family members have done well without a college degree, it doesn’t mean you will. You’re much more likely to succeed if you have a degree than if you don’t!
“College is too difficult. I’m not smart enough!”
Although college can be incredibly difficult, you aren’t going to jump into 500-level classes your first year! You start out just how you start out learning any subject; with the most basic courses first at the 100-level. Typically, before being placed in a class, you’ll take a placement test to help determine which class would be best for you to begin with. If you feel you aren’t ready for 100-level courses, many colleges and universities offer preparatory classes. These preparatory classes, although they don’t count towards your degree, can help prepare you for the classes that do. You aren’t expected to know everything just going into college. You’re there to learn, and they want to see you succeed. Take advantage of any kind of guidance from school counselors and tutoring programs on campus.
“College is a lot of work… I’m not sure I want to do it.”
College is a lot of work but it pays off heavily in the end. Think about it this way; working at a fast food joint 8 hours a day, flipping burgers and scrubbing greasy fry vats for minimum wage is a lot of work and it doesn’t pay well. Why not dedicate time now so you can have a job later that you enjoy more and be compensated better for? College may be a lot of work, but in the long run, it saves you from having to do a lot of work that pays very little later on down the road.
“Why waste my time in college? I don’t even know what I want to do for a career!”
You may not know what you want to do in college, but it’s still a good idea to start now! Almost every degree requires a certain amount of pre-requisites, often referred to as general education requirements. These requirements include a certain amount of credits in English, math, social sciences, communication and elective courses. These requirements alone may take anywhere from a single semester to a few semesters to complete. If you get them out of the way sooner, you’ll be able to focus on what you do want to do later on! These courses may also give you a sampling of various fields that may help you discover where your interests and passions lie.
“There’s no way I can afford college tuition!”
Some students don’t know that there’s financial aid available for students! This aid comes in the form of grants, loans and scholarships and are usually given based on the need of the students applying. Get in touch with the school counselor at the college you intend to apply to and ask for help applying for financial aid. Be sure to do this as early in the year as you can! Financial aid applications are accepted beginning in February for the following school year beginning the following fall. You might also try using scholarship search engines to help find scholarships you can apply for to apply towards school!
“I can’t go to college! I have kids!”
Many people have kids at a young age, or simply before they’ve completed their college education. You can still go to college even if you have kids! Daycare can be expensive, but you may qualify for childcare assistance while you’re enrolled in school. If you don’t qualify, you might consider attending university courses through distance education. Distance education courses allow you to work studying into your own life, rather than your life revolving around a class schedule!