As a teenager in high school it can seem like the only thing anyone talks about is college, and how to get into college is, and should be, the number one priority in your life. All plans should revolve around college. You choose your school classes around that, you spend your weekends preparing for the SAT or ACT, etc. The fact is preparing for college is sort of the focus of the last year of high school. However, not everyone is cut out for college, or even wants to go to college. So, what can you do if you do not want to go to college? What can you do to prepare for other options? Try the following:
Get a job. Sometimes the best thing you can do if you do not want to go to college is to get a job. Either it will get you some job experience which will help you in the real world once you are out of high school, or it will convince you that college is worth it, despite your inclination not to go. Of course, there are some career paths that going to college does little to help you. For example, a mechanic might get more out of getting a job in an oil change shop while he or she learns more about cars, then being in college learning basic grammar, and stuff about the environment.
Join the military: If you are not wanting to go to college, but are worried about being stuck in a dead end job, or not having a path for your future, one of the best things you can do is join the military. There are several different divisions, which means it can appeal to many different people. You can be in the army, the navy, the air force, the marines. You can learn how to fly, how to use computers, how to use a gun, and several other skills. Prepare for this option by joining ROTC, and learning about the different branches of the military.
Vocational schools: If a formal college is not your thing, you could always go to a vocational school. There are many different kinds of vocational schools. You can go to hair school, to culinary arts school, computer programming, or many other kinds of schools, or informal trainings. Sometimes learning a skill is much more rewarding than reading books and writing papers. So, if you just aren’t the traditional studier type vocational school might be for you, so prepare for that option by choosing what you are interested in.
Travel: If you do not want to go to college right out of high school, one good option is to travel. Traveling gives you a chance to be exposed to different cultures, ways of life, and places. It teaches you things, and gives you real world experiences. In addition, it is a great way to explore your adventurous side, and get it out of your system before you decide what to do for your life.