So I just graduated high school. 12 years of being assimilated, institutionalized, and “educated” and I guess I’m ready for the real world! …only I’m not so sure what I should do. You see, over the years I’ve been told by all my teachers and counselors to continue onto college, get a degree, and have a career. I am currently on this path..I recently applied to the local university to study business administration..but lately I’ve been thinking, is this the path I want to take? Am I going to be happy working in an office, wearing the suit and tie, regardless of how much money I make? I want to make a lot of money, but on the other end I just don’t know if the this straight-cut path is what I really want to pursue. I know it’s up for me to decide, and I’m still young so I’m not too worried about making any big decisions soon. Basically I’m just curious what everyone’s thoughts are on the topic. If you think I should steer away from the path I’ve been told to follow my whole life, let me know and suggest alternative lifestyles. If you think going to school and getting the best job I can could also be a good choice, help convince me why. Any and all thoughts are appreciated, thanks for your time!
Only you can answer those questions, which are much more complicated than you think. What do you like to do? What electives did you take in high school? Do you have any special skills or interests?
Experience is better than education when trying to make up ones mind about what to do with their time. Perhaps you should take a break from school and live impulsively, doing whatever you feel, when you feel like it. This lets you explore what you like/don’t like and builds character.
I was in your exact position my summer after graduating high school. I went to a university for a couple months before deciding it wasn’t what I wanted my next 4 years to look like. I instead moved half-way across the country to live with a girl I fell in love with. And in the couple year’s freedom since then, I’ve come up with TOO MANY paths to take, things to do and reasons to live that I can’t decide what to do first.
Just find a focus and work with it. When you’re in your element, you’re going to be happy and successful.
My suggestion would be to invest whatever time you have over this summer to really find yourself. @hlalhabattu would also suggest that while finding you, you find the external world to be intriguing. I’d have to talk to you more personally to really get to know you, but school can be worth it in our society. There are alternatives out there, but to be part of this mold we have here you are kinda expected to go to school to increase your chances of success. You could however just play guitar on a street corner in a big city and sing for the rest of your life if you felt that was your calling!
@brentman, I hear ya! Listen I agree with all these posts but I suggest getting a college degree just in case you know. It’s safe to have in your pocket, cuz if one of those days you decide you wana start something up or get a job, you’ll be ready. Plus, getting a higher education widens your horizons, makes you think in different ways, triggers new parts of your brain. That’s why they call it “education”, its not textbook learning anymore, it’s expanding your thoughts. Plus having the college experience is awesome :)