This guy here makes me feel better about not having gone to college. And so I congratulate him on being Freshly Pressed.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying college is a bad thing, and I’m not putting anyone down for having gone to college, because seriously, if you got through it, or are currently getting through it, great job. I admire you. That’s a shit ton of work. (Mind you, I love studying when I want to, it’s when I have to or someone’s going to flush my money and my future down the toilet that makes me whine like a five year old.)
In any case, my point is that, fresh out of high school, I had no idea what I wanted to seriously pursue. I only knew that I felt like shit for having to stay home and get a job while I watched all my friends go off to further their educations.
Then… one by one they dropped out, flunked out, or spent an extra year (or two) because it was more struggle than they expected. That could have been me, and I’ll tell you right now that, if I had gone to college at 18, it definitely would have been. I didn’t have the drive. Hell, I was damn lucky I graduated high school in the middle of my class. I was lucky I graduated. I never went to school, and when I did I really didn’t do much. My teachers loved me. Which I exploited to the best of my ability.
I also flunked 10th grade gym. Not because I didn’t participate, but because I refused to write papers for it. That’s what health class was for, and I’d be damned if I was going to write a five to ten page paper for gym class.
I got a little off track there, but I think it illustrates the point of my high school attitude.
At 25, I think I’m more equipped to handle college, though because I was a high school douche, I didn’t bother taking my SAT test or my ACT… in fact, the only test I took was the ASVAB and did AMAZING. Not that it helped me, because my attempts at joining the Army were foiled. XD I’m also grateful for that at this point in my life. It was a “I have no direction, my friends are in college, what the fuck am I going to do with my life?” decision. Also, my JROTC sergeant wanted me to give it a go.
So, in short, I agree, and think that 18 is too young for most people to decide what they want long term… and to bet that much cash on it… yeah, I’m all set there.