by Torski Dobson-Arnold
I will be graduating high school this year and I am both excited and scared. I did not apply myself as well as I should have during my early years in high school, but feel like I would definitely enjoy college a lot more as I am more mature and wiser. My parents want me to attend a local community college to build up my GPA, but I would rather leave home and live in a dorm, even though I am not sure I have the best grades to get accepted to a 4-year school. What are my options?
– Unsure High School Graduate-to-be
Congratulations on your upcoming graduation! Even with your shaky early years, you worked hard to make it to this point in your life and you should be proud and excited about embarking on the next phase of your life.
I can understand your uncertainty about the options available to you. Community college is an option that would allow you to continue to imprint the most positive impression on your transcript in achieving high marks. You could look into guarantee transfer programs with state colleges and universities that would allow you to transfer to a 4-year school and enjoy the dorm life you are eager to experience.
There is also the option of going to school online allowing the flexibility of working full-time while completing your studies. This option would allow you to “earn-as-you learn” and hopefully save in the long run by paying for a degree as you take the courses.
Finally, there are also options including enlisting in the military or volunteering through a non-profit organization. As a member of an armed services branch, you would give back to your country while allowing Uncle Sam to play a part in funding your formal post-secondary education. Non-profits such as the Peace Corps, Americorps, or City Year also allow one- and two-year commitments to give back while earning monies towards your education.
Take these options and weigh the pros and cons of each. Rank your options based on this information to be empowered to make the best decision. Keep in mind that this may not be the most popular decision or the one that all of your friends may choose, but hold fast to what is important to you and would provide the best experience for you both in and outside the classroom.
Wishing you nothing but success in all your career endeavors,
Torski Dobson-Arnold, the Career Confidence Coach
Email questions to Torski@urbanviewsweekly.com