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If not college… then what?

Explore other options to consider - in addition to, or before - trying college.

By: Leslie Thatcher, Director of College Success @ Perkins

In our previous piece, “College: Is it the right option for me?” we discussed how students can evaluate whether or not they are ready for college. That’s the first step! It’s also important to understand what other paths and non-college options are out there. The more you know about the potential paths, the better positioned you will be to make informed choices for your future! 

Here are some of the options: 

Check out community college

Take a gap year

Get an internship or job experience  

Consider a career training program

To remove some of the pressure from this big decision, remember three things:

  1. Your decision and what you decide to do with it is not written in stone; you may need to adjust your plan down the line, and that’s okay. You may even adjust it more than once.
  2. If you can get a head start now, you will give yourself the gift of time to do the research and make an informed, well-rounded decision. 
  3. You are not alone. Tap the resources around you — your transition counselor, school counselor, TVI,  or a local community organization such as the Lighthouse Guild, and others, that can help in the decision.

While that constant buzz around college decisions can be distracting, you owe it to yourself to stay focused, explore your options, and then weigh what next step is right for you and your goals. If not attending college immediately after high school is the best option for you, at that particular stage of your life, then it’s a smart decision.

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