Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Should You Go To College or Defer?

Hey guys!
Another college type post today because we are in the midst of the application period and I wanted to cover some really important topics with you! I went through all of this last year when I was applying to college, so I have lots of advice to share and if you have personal questions you'd like me to answer, feel free to leave them below, ask me anonymously on tumblr, or tweet me! 

So today we're talking about whether you should go to college straight out of high school or if you should defer for a year. This kind of assumes that you are going to college, which is a whole other topic in and of itself that I'll write about later. I know people that have done both and there are definitely ups and downs to each. 

I think the first thing to consider is where you are in your life. For me, I knew pretty much from sophomore year what I wanted to major in and what I wanted to do with my life. College straight after high school was the obvious choice for me because I wanted to learn more and I knew that was the next best step for me. Not everyone's like that, though, and I totally get that. If you're unsure of what you want to do with your life or your struggling to find yourself and your purpose, I think that deferring could be really good. One of my friends actually deferred from college to spend a few months living alone in the wilderness. Is this an extreme version of deferral? Absolutely. But it's allowing him to get in touch with himself and that's what's important. 

If you truly believe spending time away from the education system will rejuvenate you and will help you find your calling, defer from college! At the same time, don't use a deferral as a chance to slack. Use it to travel, get a job, experience new things and new cultures instead. 

At the same time, don't go to college just because that's what society says you should do. I am honestly loving my college classes and there's not too many people that can say that. I can't deal with people who don't try during classes, skip classes regularly, and are ungrateful about it. There are so many successful people that have dropped out of college or have not gone to college at all! I don't believe that going to college will make you successful, but I think that it does help you get a conventional job easier. 

You know yourself best, and going to college is a decision that you need to make for yourself. There was never a doubt about me going to college and it was always something I felt strongly about doing, but if you feel differently, that's fine. At the end of the day, you need to do what's best for you regardless of what others or society tells you. 

I hope that this was interesting or helpful for you! If you have any other thoughts or advice about this, leave it in a comment so everyone else can see it! Also, don't forget to follow my blog because there may or may not be a giveaway in the near future!

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