I’m an 17 year old junior in high school right now. I graduate next year. I’ve always been unsure about what I want to do with my life, but I’ve been starting to feel a lot more pressure now that im graduating next year. I don’t know where to go to college, I don’t know what for, and I don’t know even if I want to go. I’ve feel like my life might be headed for an downward spiral. I’m not motivated to do much nowadays, and I don’t think a lot people understand me. I know there are people here that go trough much more than me but I would like to know your guys thoughts on this, if you feel the same. anybody welcomed to comment
When I graduated from high school in 1990 I enrolled at a junior college that fall but after 2 months I dropped out. I got a job and worked for a few years and then re-enrolled at JC. Sometimes maybe its best to take a year or 2 off from school. I know that I was a much better student after that break. This may not work for you but its an option anyway. good luck.
What you’re saying is that you’re a normal person. The amount of HS students who really know what they want is pretty low. I went to Pre-med because when I was 4, I told my mother I wanted to be a doctor…and, well, she told all of her friends and I just assumed I had to follow through. Not for me…I dropped out after the freshman year in college (but took a few summer courses of basic requirements so I woulsn’t be too far behind whenever I decided to return.) I then took a year off from college (dad cried, he didn’t understand), and took any ol’ job to make money. It turned out the job was in the psych field, and I enjoyed it so much, I returned to school for psych…and I was psyched. Now I’m a bit psycho, left with a worthless psych degree…but it led to other things. Don’t sweat…nothing wrong with taking either a job instead of college, or maybe an aptitude test to see which fields you’re cut out for. Best of luck.
Yeah I’d either go to a community college for a 2-year math & science degree or join the Army. I’m tired of preaching the Army for young folks but let’s say an enlistment in the Army was the best decision I ever made.
It doesn’t matter what a freshman’s major is. It’s a long way to graduation, and if you’re in the liberal arts college of a university then all of the liberal arts majors have 2 full years of the same basic math, writing and natural sciences to take anyway. Computing science is a good major if nothing else strikes you (b/c everyone needs the skills) or ANYTHING health care related, b/c you’ll be able to get a job anywhere.
If you don’t want to enlist and you don’t want to go to a community college then at least consider a state college/university. In-state tuition will of course look expensive, but chances are that your state will be paying half the cost. Thanks for sharing your story and best of luck to you, randomguy95.
Thank you guys for commenting and for the advice. I might consider going to an community school for the first couple of years, or I might just go straight to an university
Sure the “big elephant in the room” is that 4 (or 5) years is a LONG time to go when you’re a student vulnerable b/c that whole time you’re basically in poverty. Community colleges shine in this regard because
1.) You can get a 2-year degree then take a break and/or go on to your bachelor’s. Say if you go healthcare and certify as an R.N. in 2 years then you’re already set to earn a middle class income actually helping people to get better face to face.
2.) Community colleges are traditionally open-enrollment, meaning their criteria for admission and good standing is more inclusive. It’d be important to keep your grades as best as you can, but community colleges aren’t inclined to weed out a portion of their students like you’ll find with many universities.