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Six life options after high school

Gap year

Pros: A year apart from school allows students to figure out where their passions lie, if they are indecisive about their major or career path. It gives them time away from burdening workload, in order to discover their interests via traveling or freelancing

Cons: Students have a self-imposed burden to set their own deadlines to remain productive. Freely allotted time may cause them to be too liberal with their objectives.

 

University
Pros: University provides students with the opportunity to be well educated and prepared for their specific career path. It also increases high-paying job opportunities.

Cons: Students are burdened with textbook fees, living expenditures and student loans.

 

Community College
Pros: Students are offered a quality education comparable to that of a four-year university.

Cons: Students oftentimes attend their local community colleges, which confines their experiences to a familiar setting and community. With the generally larger class sizes, desired courses tend to fill up quicker–decreasing the availability of preferred classes.

 

Regular Job
Pros: Students are given a real-life experience with a job dictated by a strict and mandatory routine. They are able to generate a steady source of income and learn to be fiscally responsible. Saving up money may go towards a college education in the future.

Cons: Without a college diploma, students are likely to work at a lower-paying job, although they may be working for the experience rather than the salary.

 

Studying Abroad
Pros: Students are exposed to a more diverse demographic and are immersed in a different culture.

Cons: Studying abroad can be very costly and family visitations are extremely limited; students may become easily homesick. Navigation through daily routines in a different country will be more difficult, especially when students are not conversant with the foreign language.

 

Military
Pros: Eligible members receive tuition assistance in college. Congress has provided each service the ability to pay up to 100% of their tuition expenses. Members can also apply for military benefits that go beyond college (i.e. graduate school and vocational/technical training). The discipline it teaches students how to better survive the real world.

Cons: The military is not suited for everyone as it requires serious commitment that can’t be easily broken on personal terms. There’s always a chance of physical and/or emotional damage from service work. Oftentimes members do not have a strong say in where they will be sent to work.


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