So, here is a short list of things I think should be discussed in high school, preferably in 11th and 12th grade. At 17 and 18 you don’t know who you are yet so why do people expect you to make such big decisions. I will never understand this logic and now 10 years later I’m thinking that this system is a little jacked up. So, lets just get right into this list!
- Managing your finances. I know this doesn’t seem like a big problem, but people come out of school and have no clue how to manage their finances whether they go to college or not. If you had parents like I did, then you know that some parents don’t have any clue about financial aid for college or anything and that is where we get fucked up! Yes, scholarships are important, but you really don’t realize how important they are once the refund checks start pouring in. Then, once you are done you’re looking at 25+ years paying the money back. UGH!
- College isn’t for everyone. Most parents want to see their children do good. And I get that but they don’t consider the fact that college just isn’t for everyone. College is stressful, fun, EXPENSIVE. You are going to change your mind and change it again. In my opinion, college is not where you find yourself (and waste money). If you know you aren’t into school chances are you won’t be into college either. I know, I know, a lot of jobs claim they want you to have a degree but they also want you to have 10 years of experience. Now, tell me where you’re going to get that when you spend 4 years in college earning a degree and no one wants to hire you because you have no experience.
- College is expensive! You know this, so if you aren’t sure what you want to do yet it is totally ok if you want to wait a few years before you decide to go. It is totally ok if you want to go to a community college get your pre-reqs out of the way and then decide what you may want to do in the long run. Don’t think about the salary (like I did) think about what will make you happy to skip into work the next day.
- Freedom is overwhelming. It is. I was a sheltered child and there is so much freedom. You don’t have assigned lunch periods. You have huge gaps in your schedule. You can go to your friends dorm, unsupervised. It’s fun! But, don’t let it spiral out of control.
- There is no such thing as instant gratification. If you thought you were going to go to college, get a degree and land a 100K a year job, think again. If you’re lucky but mostly no. Things take time. Experience takes time. Nurture your skill set and gain experience, everything will come.
Don’t say I didn’t warn you!