More Than Just College

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SWEETWATER COUNTY — Growing up we were always told to go to college right after high school. Although college is very helpful and will help a lot for anyone looking to better themselves, there are many other factors that were never mentioned. As a first-year college student, I have made many mistakes that costed me time and money.

These mistakes would have been easily avoidable if someone would have given me more options then, “go to college right out of high school, pick a major and the age of 18 and do that for the rest of your life.” While attending Western Wyoming Community College, I feel that this is more the case than it ever has.

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In an article by Kalie McMonagle, titled, “Why Waiting to Go to College May Be the Best Choice You Ever Made” she talked about the reasons why college might not be a good option. She had research that showed many students were not ready for college when they enrolled. She suggested that many of these same students were lacking in many skills that is needed to do well in college.

With this however, she stated that nontraditional student has gained these skills over time and feel like attending college later in life is better for them. People are different, and when it comes to these topics that needs to be kept in mind.

In the article “Roadblocks Most College Freshmen Will Face” by Wendy Burt-Thomas, there is a list of problems that college students face. One of these problems being, “pressure to choose a major or feeling stuck in a major.”

This was something that was not ever talked about to me and my peers, what do we do when we are stuck in our path? The only solution I have at this college is to jump from major to major. This article suggests that college is about exploring and finding what it right for the individual. The students should have time to make the right choice.

There is so much more to college than what is being advertised to us from such a young age. College is not for everyone. Attending college should be done depending on the individual. Everyone is different and can handle different masseurs of life at different times.

This flexibility should be available to everyone. Teenagers should not feel guilty for making life choices they believe will better their lives.

Kassidee Jeppesen

Newcastle