Is College Right for Me?
For many high school age students it is a foregone conclusion that they will attend college. They never give a second thought to the notion that maybe—just maybe, college isn’t the best decision for them. Some students will spend more time agonizing over their decision on what to have for lunch and blindly ignore the fact that there are alternatives to college that suit them better. The consequences of a poor lunch decision will pass shortly thereafter. But, decisions you make with respect to attending college will shape the rest of your life.
If you are in high school and have found yourself on this page you have probably been asking yourself this question or a variant of it. Good for you. You are showing an independent mind open to questioning conventional wisdom.
Believe it or not, there actually are alternatives to attending college after you graduate from high school.
I cannot tell you whether or not college is right for you. This is ultimately a decision you have to make for yourself. I can provide you with information and data to aid you in the process of making this decision.
The honest truth is that college IS the right decision for some students. But equally true and often ignored is that college is not the best path for others.
I want to be intellectually honest with you and admit up front that most of the information I present will appear to be anti-college or critical of traditional higher learning options. This is simply because you have read or been told by teachers, parents, family, friends and the media a million times that you must go to college. I am pretty sure you know where to go to get the other side of this argument.
It is not my goal or desire to somehow trick high school students into not going to college. I truly want you to make the decision that is best for you. My concern is that our society has robotically accepted and indoctrinated parents and students into believing that everybody should go to college. And I think that is preposterously absurd.
I believe this is absurd for a multitude of reasons and we will delve into those much more deeply throughout this website. On this page and others you will find links to various articles about different aspects of this debate. And, the Ditch College Blog will provide on-going tidbits for discussion.
One final note. Many of the adults in your life have undoubtedly reminded you that you need to start acting and behaving like an adult. They will tell you to be more responsible and to make responsible choices. That is what I intend to do here—treat you like an adult capable of thinking for yourself and making your own decisions about your own life and future.
If you are interested in learning more about fantastic and rewarding careers that do not require a traditional four-year college degree, please visit the Ditch College career portal.