As the school year is ending, and Amy & Will's highschool education is ending ~ the questions are continuing.......where are they going to college?
So I am going to reverse the question ~ why go to college?
When did automatically assuming that everyone will "go to college" become the norm for whoever graduates high school?
Can you live a successful, full, challenging life without college?
What does college really offer you that life and work don't offer?
Now, there are a number of professions that would require a college degree and more education beyond that ~ a doctor, a math professor, an engineer, a nurse, etc. But you don't need one for such things as history, english, science, cooking, lawn maintenance, etc. Get out there and do the work ~ you will learn much faster than in a 2 or 4 year college & beyond. You will learn by doing, not just hearing about or reading about the job.
Assuming that everyone needs to go to college or they are somehow inferior if they don't go is crazy. Amy doesn't need calculus, humanities, or a foreign language to learn how to make a pie crust or a new icing recipe. What she does is need is time to experiment in the kitchen, access to good cookbooks, room to flop with a recipe, willing taste testers, time to research for new flavors & combinations. I am not saying that classes won't be in her future ~ but they will come at a time when its necessary and important to her, not just because she graduated.
Will is entering the working world. He is going to be out, learning about a job, how to work hard, complete tasks, make a paycheck. He has sat through 17 hours of training so far for his job. Today he starts the actual, on the job training. If he needs classes later on for a desired job or position, he may certainly get them then.
Many young folks don't know what they want to do "when they grow up", so they float along through college barely getting by, and wasting thousands of dollars. They major in many different things but education isn't one of them. It would be much wiser for them to work, find out what the real world is like, decide what they really want to do and then pursue that.
So NO, Amy & Will aren't going to college. Right now, neither have any desire for that and we know from experience that if the desire doesn't come from deep inside them, it won't be successful.
Another question ~ how many people do you know that went to college and got a degree ~ actually have a job that uses that degree? Did they really need it? Was it necessary or a waste of 4 or more years of their life? Could they do their same job now without that degree?
You can be quite successful without college. There are many, many quite successful and even wealthy folks right in this country, who never attended or much less graduated from a college.
So I am back to the original question ~