What to do if your High School Graduate Isn’t Ready for College

In the ideal world, parents’ and students prepare for college as soon as senior year comes along. In the idea world, students and parents also prepare themselves for all of the changes and challenges that will come in the future, by looking into all of their choices for college. As much as parents would love it, and would love to plan for college, some students will unfortunately not be ready to take their education to the next level. And this is OK.

College, is one of the most exciting times that any student will have if they do decide to continue their education. However, these days, not every student even with all of the opportunities that they are offered, will chose to attend college right after high school. One of the most important things that parents have to remember if their students are not ready to attend college right after high school, is that there are other opportunities that will encourage students to work hard, and even learn a lot about life, or even about themselves. 

College is meant to teach students about specific subjects that will allow them to get a degree, and later a good job. However, college is not always the only thing that will give students the opportunity to learn about the world, jobs and other opportunities to learn about themselves. If students are not ready to attend college right out of high school, parents should take the time and listen to their children’s plans and make sure that they at least have a goal in mind for the future. There is no reason why parents should panic or fight with their students, if they decide that college may not be right for them at the moment. 

Many students do attend college right out of high school, and they have the “common” college experience. This experience includes parties, meeting new people and experiencing life altering moments. The students who do not get to go to college right out of high school, often experience all of these things and even more, because they take in mind that they want to figure out who they are, and what their role in the world is. There is nothing wrong with students wanting to do that, and needing the time to have all of these experiences.  

The most important thing that parents have to remember when their students decide that they do not want to go to college right out of high school, is that there are other alternatives to education, and students can also take their time with school, or even take online classes when they want.