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(January 25, 2009 by JeZz Send DollMail )
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Have you ever wondered what happens if you donít plan to go to college? Today schools and most parents are focused on getting us into college, preferably a prestigious four-year university where we can continue our education and make a bijillion dollars some day. I love the plan, and Iím working toward college just because I donít want to rule it out just yet, but for many kids out there, college might not be what theyíre shooting for.

College is Great, But Itís Not For Everyone?

An interesting statistic Ė only 28% of adults have a college degree. That means out of four people pulled from across the nation, three of them donít have a college degree. Does that mean that three out of four people couldnít cut it in college? Certainly not! Many of them simply picked options that were more suited to their skills and gifts. Unfortunately, with our big college push, these options arenít often discussed, but for those that arenít interested in college or canít afford it yet, there are plenty of options.

Learn a Skill

If you donít want to spend four years learning a huge variety of things including history and more math, spend six to twenty-four months learning a certain type of skill. Electricians, plumbers, carpenters, medical assistants, cosmetologists, welders, stenographers and legal assistances make more than many college graduates, but take far fewer classes. There are thousands of skills to learn and many of them start a full-career that can give you some serious job security. These sorts of skills are actually in high demand than ever, actually.

Specialty Schools

There are many specialty schools, especially in technology and art that can advance your skills in an area not offered in many trade schools. These schools might prepare you for a four year degree down the road or give you enough expertise in your area of study to get started right away. A specialty school for art, dance, music or technology is more about doing what you love than making money anyway.

Start Your Own Business

A year of college can cost upwards of $15,000. If you were to invest that same amount of money into a franchise of a business or open your own shop of some kind, you have a chance to be your own boss, do something you love and reap all kinds of rewards. Right out of high school might not be the best time to start a huge business, but you can help a relative start one who has experience with the legal components required or take some time working in the particular industry, perhaps managing another pet grooming business before starting your own in a few years.

Take Time to Decide

There is nothing worse than wasted money and if you rush off to college unsure of what you want to do, you stand to waste thousands of dollars only to have to go back again to get the degree you really want. If youíre not really sure what you want to do with your life, you donít have to start college right away. Staying at home with your family might suit you while you take some classes or you might start working odd-jobs to pay for travel and other life experiences you can really only have as a young person. When youíre ready, college will be there and youíll appreciate it more because youíll be ready for it.

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Palatine, IL
Posted On: April 1, 2011
I always thought I'd got straight to a four year university after high school, but I was stupid and only applied to 3 schools. I was wait-listed by Northwestern, rejected by Notre Dame, and still have to hear from U Mich. Even if I did get in there (it is my top school), I have no idea how I'd pay for it!

So, after years of priming by teachers and peers with the idea that you're in the smart class, you do activities, you need to go to a 4-year school to get a good job, it's looking like I'll spend a couple years at community college. I'm lucky there is a really excellent one right in my town, and I'm psyching myself up to stop psyching myself out about the stigma I think is attached to it; it's not really there.

I know I want to do something with psychology, preferably neuroscience, because the brain is the most fascinating thing on Earth. Unfortunately, I think a lot of people look at psych majors as slackers who don't want to/are too lay to do anything else...
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Posted On: July 3, 2010
I want to be an author so i'll probabaly take some english and literature courses, but i don't intend to take math and science to get a peice of papaer that would ultimatly be useless for an author. I'm very lucky to have parents that aren't pushing me in any one direction. When i tell my friends i might not go to college they act like that's the craziest thing i've ever said.
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Posted On: February 28, 2009
i am going to harvard i must save up :icon 6: :ic on4:
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Ridgeland, MS
Posted On: February 22, 2009
can someone help me get prem i have bone cancer
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Posted On: February 19, 2009
I plan on going to college, but I think I want to see the world, first.

I intend on going into a field that involves history, so then there's that.
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Posted On: February 19, 2009 college for me,but I am going to an art speciality school soon...and after that...I don¬īt know
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Arvada, CO
Posted On: February 16, 2009
I plan on going. I'm still only 16, so there's time. I already go to a specialty high school for art, so I don't think I'll be doing that for college. I kinda want to be an optometrist. So I'll just have to read all this mail I've been getting and find one that fits me.

But that's a funny statistic. My dad graduated from KState, and my sister's at CSU. My mom went to college, but never graduated.
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Ripon, WI
Posted On: February 15, 2009
Yeah, I see where this is going. I want to go t o MIT and major in quantum physics and minor in French.
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Posted On: February 15, 2009
As a freshman in high school, I honestly think that getting a degree these days is a lot easier than they were like 40 years ago. It is really surprising that only 28% or something adults get degrees. WOW.

I want to major in the French language and some sort of fashion.
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Posted On: February 15, 2009
My brother didn't go to college and he just got his chef papers, so now he could open up his own business if he wanted to, because he's a certified chef. ^^
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Weirton, WV
Posted On: February 15, 2009
I plan on going to either Wyotech in Pennsylvania or Baran Institute in Conneticut. Both are very cheap schools despite what they teach - car repair - but they always turnout a high graduation rate. I'm probably going to wait awhile before I get into college; Mom wants me to go nearly instantly but I can't because let's face it, the American tax system has been sc.rewed up and I'm not considered a minor/dependant anymore at 17... WHAT? We kinda need that money for graduation!

But yeah; I am planning on waiting to go to college. Besides, those two schools don't require the ACT/SAT... because car repair, manufacturing, painting, etc. is the ONLY thing they teach.
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Nashville, TN
Posted On: February 15, 2009
It's better to wait to go to college until you're sure you know what you want to do. My mother went for a few years, but changed her mind and course a few times. Bottom Line: She racked up a HUGE school debt and the worst part is she ran out of money and student loans before she could actually get her degree.

As for me? I'm 20 and still thinking. Right now my plan is to be a stay at home mom in a few years time, but I'm still deciding if that's what I want to do. I may want to work, I may not want to, point is I'm not going to waste our money until I'm sure.

Great Article!
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United Kingdom
Posted On: February 15, 2009
You pay alot of money in USA
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United Kingdom
Posted On: February 15, 2009

I didn't know how much you Americans had to pay. Gosh.

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