Last week I had a discussion with a couple of my students.Â As juniors in high school, they were questioning the choice of going to college.Â Do we really know what we want to do at the age of 18?Â Are there other options then the American Progression: high school, college, professional job, student loans?Â What if I want to experience life outside of the place I’ve grown up in?Â As youth, we see things we donâ€™t agree with, we see things that are wrong and give us the chills, we want change, but how does that change happen if we fall into the system?
I remember being in their shoes 7 years ago and thinking college was the only step.Â I didnâ€™t know of anything else besides the American progression.Â Â My mindset was college, professional job, money, retire.Â Â During college I realized my life does not have to fit into that cycle.
Their questions were unique.Â I was left bemused, they asked questions I could not answer. Â I told them college is not just about earning a degree, it changes who you are but in the end Â you have to follow what youâ€™re passionate about.Â These are positive, talented, creative students (check out Ethic Clothing Company).Â Â I strongly believe in higher education butÂ recognizeÂ it is important to explore the many options high school grads have as long as they are motivated. Â Is it smart to take time off in-between high school and college?Â What would you have said?Â Whatâ€™s your story?