So, do they end up going? And why?
Of the people I talked to, 71% of them ended up attending college. Even people like Kayden, who originally had no plans of attending college changed their mind during their time off.
“I came to the conclusion that I wasn’t gonna get anywhere staying in my hometown and music wasn’t evolving for me there,” said Kayden.
After a close friend of his talked up the college she was attending, Kayden decided more school was the best way to shake up his future.
For Emma, after taking time off from school, she realized college was what she had to do to be what she wanted to be. “I went to college because I knew that I needed more education to do what I felt called to do with excellence,” she said. “It was definitely a decision that involved a lot of prayer and seeking advice from mentors.”
For the ones who skipped out on college altogether, they realized they were already heading the direction they wanted to be heading in life.
“Family was a motivation,” said Darren, “And I realized I liked what I was currently doing. I had originally wanted to become a DNR or enter the powerline program, but with each, I’d have to move away from family. Family is important to me in life.”
Should I skip or should I go now?
I’m not here to tell you whether or not you should go to college right away high school. Or at all, for that matter. I think the thing to realize is that when you graduate high school, you have a lot of choices ahead of you.
Some of those choices will get you closer to where you ultimately want to be. Others will lead you further away. It’s up to you to decipher which is which.
You shouldn’t decide out of fear or because it’s what everyone else is doing or because of statistics, true or otherwise. You should make your choice because it’s what’s best for your future. Because it’s what you feel called to do.
Choose wisely. Choose boldly.
Just, for the love of God, make a decision and give it everything you have.