Make a case for why students should wait until they are 25 to begin college.
With so many students failing out of the gate it would be nice to let them work a few years and see the value of education. Parents push many students into something they are not ready for.
I'm 24 and I think I would do better in College now because I am not all about partying, and also I might actually attempt to do homework now.
1. They'll understand why they actually need it and will be more likely to take it seriously.
2. They'll likely have a better vision of what they want to do and thus a lesser chance of wasting time/money switching majors.
3. They'll, hopefully, have some money saved up from working for seven years beforehand in addition to a better money mindset that'll allow them to graduate with significantly less debt.
That's all I can think of for now. I think 25 is too late, though. Perhaps a better case could be made for starting at 21. Well, it's not actually too late, but I think it'd be smarter to start at 21, unless you have some incredible business opportunity or something.
Edit: Actually, perhaps the best case could be made for simply starting college when you're ready and excited about it. In the years beforehand, you should be working on independent projects, self-reflection, having interesting experiences, and holding down a job.
Great responses! Yes, I guess "Age" is not the criteria, the criteria is maturity and passion about learning that comes from aging...
My best learning came after age 44. Life just gets better...
Well I am a college grad and I am 20 years old. I feel too grown up sometimes but it's great that I make have decent money at my age and do what I want. Of course I know the value of an education also I know the value of a dollar. Bottom line is, go to school when you are ready and it is never too late. I had people in my classes that were in their 50's. How about allowing the student make the decision whether they are going to college or not. Seems to me that it's their life.
from personal experience, i think it's best to wait until you're older and have some time to experience the world - take a step back and break from the 12+ years of school you just completed. a lot of people are just drained after graduating and really shouldn't jump straight into college unless they are really motivated and know what they way to do or what direction they want to go in. i didn't, and i spent 6 years changing majors, changing my mind before going with a general degree. i had great experiences and met great friends, but a year or two off would have done me good.
I jumped into the real estate game while I was in high school. family had a team 10 agents at the time. Ranked top 1% nationwide. I eventually graduated early to work full time. Got my license and continued on. Long story short...market crashed...i didnt go to college and am now realizing i shouldve. 22 now and am regretting not going right out of high school considering all my friends are graduating this year and are starting their carreers. while im grinding at sales. living ok...but am planning to go back to school. tell me what youre thoughts are about my situation...would like to know. nice question by the way. OH!!! and with the online poker being shutdown i think a lot of the online grinders who dropped out of college are gonna being second guessing their decision.
1. Let them live at home and get a low paying job that does not require a degree. See how they like it.
2. Make them pay rent and other life expenses while living at home and while working the low paying job and see how far their money will go.
3. Few 18 year olds really know what they want to do with the rest of their lives. That is a lot of debt to incur just to change your mind a few years later.
4. It gives them time to save money, so if their parents are not paying for school, they will have less debt leaving with their degree. Student loans are not forgiven in cases of bankruptcy. The interest just grows.
I started college at sixteen. While I didn't do as well as I had hoped I maintained a fairly good GPA. Life got in the way however and I dropped out, I went back at twenty-five and have been a 4.0 student since, I think waiting and going back I learned how important studying is and how to better manage my time.
I agree that many students should perhaps wait until they are really ready before they go to college. It does not necessarily mean that they should do so when they reach 25 or any other age for that matter. As long as they are prepared to emabark on their college studies, then they may proceed with pursuing a degree.
What do I mean by ready? Ready in the sense that they are financially capable of paying for their tuition whether through their savings, their parents' assistance, or a student loan. Ready that they are mature enough to commit to their studies and avoid the many temptations that would surely encounter and prevent them for completing college. And perhaps most important of all, ready such that they have already decided that finishing college is what they really want and that it would help them attain their long-term goals.
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