How To Know If College Is Right For You

How To Know If College Is Right For You

From the time that you are a little kid, adults ask you what you want to be when you grow up. Maybe your answer was a mermaid or a wizard. But as time goes on, suddenly adults start to expect you to have a real answer.

If you’ve always wanted to be a doctor or a teacher, then going to college is the only way to make some of those things happen. But maybe you don’t know what you want to do. That’s okay too. Here are some things to consider when trying to figure out your answer:

Four-Year University

The most frequently encouraged path for students to take once they finish high school is to go to a four-year college and get a degree. A lot of high school is geared towards this path, from SAT prep courses to College Readiness classes to AP exams. If you’re someone who does well with these things, then talk to your guidance counselor about some college options.

Another thing to consider is whether you already know what you want to do when you’re older. If you already know that you want to be a lawyer, then college is really the only path. Start looking into what schools have programs that are right for you.

Community College

When deciding if college is right for you, you have to also consider the cost. College, and a degree, is an investment. You have to be sure that attending a four-year university right out of high school is right for you, otherwise you could be wasting your money.
Community Colleges to save cost

If you’re not sure about what you would get a degree in just yet, community college is an excellent option. It lets students who are a bit unsure about their futures test out college without the financial burden of attending a four-year university. And once you complete your time in community college, you’ll have an associates degree and transferable credits if you decide to move on to a university. And one study shows that the difference in unemployment between those with an associate’s degree and those with a bachelor’s degree are pretty similar (and less than 3%).

Technical School

If you’re still not sure about whether college is for you there is yet another option. Technical schools allow people to start their careers much sooner than if they went to college, and it is considerably less expensive. On average, technical schools only cost about $33,000. Some high schools even have technical school programs where students can learn a trade for a significantly reduced cost while working on their high school diploma.

Some jobs you can get from going to a technical school are cosmetologist, electrician, plumber, and pilot. Whether you are studying for the ACT so you can apply to colleges, or prepping for the GED, Miles Smart Tutoring can help prepare you for the next step in your life, whatever it may be. Call (813) 328-3036 to get started with an expert tutor today.