For most people, going to college (whether that’s the military, a technical institute, university or other training program after high school) is usually considered a smart idea; however, not everyone decides to go. There are many who will find excuses not to go, and it's often the people who need to go the most. Here are some common excuses for not going to college, and why they're NOT valid excuses.
"I just finished 12 years of school! Why should I do more?"
There are 13 years of education required to get your diploma if you include kindergarten, but if you can survive that, what's another 2 or 4 more? An associates degree or higher dramatically changes your earning potential as well as makes you more qualified for the job!
"I'm too busy for college."
Even if you currently have another job, have children or other obligations, taking just a course or two per semester should be feasible. Instead of doing things like watching two hours of television at night, or going on the town on Friday and Saturday nights, you COULD be attending night classes in person or even online. Good time management and budgeting will make taking the classes even easier.
"Why should I go to college? No one in my family has ever gone!"
There's always a first time for everything. Do you want to follow in your family member's footsteps? Just because they didn't go, doesn't mean you shouldn't. You are much more likely to succeed if you have a degree than if you don't!
"College is hard! I don't think I'm smart enough."
Yes, college can be difficult, and you are not going to jump into 500-level classes your first year! Start with the most basic courses first or the things that interest you the most. Usually, you will also take a placement test that also will help you determine which classes would be best for you to start with. No one expects you to know everything, just because you went to college. You are there to learn. If you are struggling, take advantage of guidance counselor help or tutoring, which are provided on all campuses.
"College is a lot of work... I'm not sure I can do it."
College may seam like a lot of work, but it pays off heavily in the end. Imagine, working at a fast food joint 8 hours a day, flipping burger and scrubbing greasy fry vats for minimum wage... it's a lot of work and it doesn't pay well. If you just dedicate time and hard work now, you can potentially have something better than a job. You can have a career that you not only enjoy more but are also getting better compensated for as well! In the long run, it saves you from having to do a lot of work that pays very little later on down the road.
"But what if I don't know what I want to do for a career?"
It's ok. It's still a better idea to start now since every degree requires a certain amount of pre-requisites, often referred to as general education requirements. This would include credits for classes like English, math, social sciences, communication and elective courses. These classes alone could take anywhere from one or two semesters to complete. The sooner you get them out of the way, the faster you'll be able to focus on what you do want to do. These courses may also give you a sampling of various fields that just might help you discover different areas of career interests.
"There's just no way I can even pay for college tuition!"
Have you ever heard of financial aid? This aid comes in the form of grants, loans, and scholarships and are usually given based upon need. Get in touch with the school counselor at the college you intend to apply to and ask for help applying for financial aid. Do this as early in the year as possible as applications are accepted beginnning in February for the following school year. You could also try searching for scholarships in a search engine online to help find scholarships that you can apply for.
"But I have kids. I don't think it will work to go to college."
Lots of people have kids that go to college. Daycare can be expensive, but you could qualify for childcare assistance while you are enrolled in school. If you don't qualify, you might consider attending university courses through distance education. These courses allow you to fit school and studying into your own schedule.