What are some alternatives to going to college?
August 10, 2013 7:59 PM Subscribe
What are some options for a bright young man who wants to delay college? It can be volunteer-based, overseas, career ideas, special programs, alternate ideas of how to approach higher learning...anything. The main thing he wants is real-world experience outside of a classroom, something that will help him grow as a person and help him learn what he wants out of life.
posted by piratesriding to Education (38 answers total) 14 users marked this as a favorite
My little brother is starting his senior year in high school, and he's decided he'd rather not go to college right away. He's extremely bright (just got his ACTs back: 31) and could probably go to college just about anywhere, but he's keenly aware of how crippling student loans can be, and he feels that the expense is only justified if it's necessary for his career of choice. Right now he has absolutely no inkling what that career might be, so he'd like to gain some life experience and get to know himself. I support him wholeheartedly; I think he is being extremely prudent and brave.
Right now he's considering the ROTC, but not very enthusiastically. (I'll big-sis editorialize here and add that I think military life would not agree with him. I find him to be a sensitive, compassionate person--he was the kid who wanted to be a farmer because he liked animals. He's generally a pacifist with somewhat liberal views on foreign policy. And his older brother's leg was blown off in Iraq, so our mother is understandably terrified at the notion of her baby following his career footsteps.)
I adore my little brother. He's ten years my junior, but I'm the closest to his age in our family, and I know he will listen seriously to any advice I offer him. Please help me brainstorm! And if anyone reading has taken the "road less traveled" in young adulthood, please share your stories. Thanks in advance!