In all honesty, I’m at a total loss in considering what I’m going to do when I graduate high school. I’m 4th in my class yet absolutely hate what our society considers to be “education”. I believe modern education is only a bunch of half comprehended memorization done in order to obtain a piece of paper embellished with a few fancy letters and a theoretical title that just might get you a nice, stable job. For this reason, I’m not exactly overjoyed that people are constantly telling me that I need to pick the college I want to attend. I have a passion for art, biology, writing, and physics, but I cannot seem to decide what I want to do!
So I don’t know what to do.
I don’t want to go to college right away, or maybe even at all.
I want to travel, but I’m afraid that I still won’t know what I want to do afterwards.
And absolutely everyone, and especially my family, is telling me “Oh, you should go to college. I mean, you have to have a degree to do anything in this world anymore.”
So if anyone has any advice on what I should do, then please, I would be overjoyed to hear.
i understand your views about modern education system, and about it holes,and u are in a way right too, but in modern time if u want any government and private job in specific areas , college education is required, so have a degree for formality only and purchase your passion too, in some cases and certain talents college education is not required, my cousin never when to college his Parents eat his head and force his so much for college education, and now he is top guitarist , he got his band an earn a lot, give coaching of guitar too, so u can also develop a specific talent to a great degree ….and can benefit from it a lot without any college education..
and don,t worry about i don,t know what i want to do afterwards, such type of confusion is there in this phase and age of life, we all go through it..
Travelling is also my passion, but main problem is of $, so Dear first earn a lot lot of money, and than start to travel..and now u need to think out what u will do to earn $…the tourists i meet in India from Europe ,they earned a lot for some years, with enough money to start to travel and explore, some young teens are also like that…so Dear first get a Job or start some Business, and than u Travel…:)
take care Dear
Well, I totally feel you on that one. When i was in highschool, I loved art and science and couldnt decide between the two. So i took a year and a half off of school and actually learned a lot about myself and learned to be on my own and make my own opinions and actions besides the ones my parents put on me. I strongly reccomend taking time off after highschool to just earn about whats out there… Everything. From traveling, to other cultures, and exploring yourself. School is a lot to handle and sometimes we just get caught up in it. Like homework, schedules, paying for it, etc. I think everyone needs time to themselves and you shouldnt be paying for school if your not going to need it. Community college for me was very frustrating and no one in my classes had passion for it. The teachers just kinda didn’t take their work seriously. Some did, but I really didn’t take anything out of it. Now Iv’e found a really cool Buddhist school that I’ve found and I’m really excited to attend it for the contemplative learning style, and their sustainablility practices.
Sorry this comment is all over the place…
what Im trying to say is, take the time you need. Once you find something your excited about…then invest your time in to it. Do (find) what you love <3
Take time off. Work. Save. Travel. Love. Inspire.
I felt the same way. Graduated 4.28 GPA and went to the honors college at a major university. I wasted so much time and money figuring out that I didn’t need or want to be there. I am now a chef and travel and cook for a living. I am passionate about my food and write to inspire others to follow their bliss, and hopefully bring forth this revolution we are teetering on.
There are lots of people who feel like you who have given up modern society. We are the poets, we are the writers, the freedom fighters, the revolutionaries. We are everywhere, and we are determining the future at this very moment.
You are not alone. Hope that helps.
Its a tough decision. If you feel you want that college degree to please your family try and get a degree in something you are interested in. Once you get that undergraduate degree you can take time off find your true passion and what you want to do in life. We are constantly changing and I don’t think we can possibly or should know exactly what we want to do in life when we haven’t truly experienced it. After you travel or do what you need for yourself you can always go back and do post-bacc programs or graduate programs to pursue a career you truly want. There is no rush on life, society just makes you think there is.
At this point I’d suggest you go to a good community college so you don’t spend too much money and time doing something you haven’t decided on yet. You’ll have time to work and if you stay at home for the time being it’ll be cheap, you need money to travel anyway! Save up, read up, get your associates and decide where you wanna go from there. It is extremely difficult to work past a dead end job without a Bachelors in something so keep that in mind with all your decisions and there’s always time to travel. You could even study abroad and knock out two birds with one stone if you’re still torn!
In the end it’ll be your personal choice, but if you’re unsure about your future plans, I can suggest from personal experience that traveling, or new experiences in general will give you new outlooks on life. Good opportunities are exchange years or volunteer work in other countries.
On the other hand, it’s hard to decide in theory what to do after high school, sometimes you just need to try things out before you know what’s right for you.