Is college the best place to go at 18.
For me I don’t think it was.
By the time you reach college you have been in school for 12-15 years in a row (if you count preschool).
You are feeling you want to reach out from your hometown and explore the world.
And I think it’s the best move at 18.
Whether it’s to be local and try working and learn how tough it is early on, travel and see places before you have any commitments in life, or just party and be a moron.
But you have been in school for almost all of your life. And you know some things, but not really that much about yourself at 18.
Personally I went to an outragously good school when I was 18, the University of Chicago that I wasn’t close to ready for. I was very young, in many, many ways. I didn’t date that much in HS or college honestly. I have been very lucky to have a love of learning for my entire life, given by my parents who are voracious learners and readers.
But, the urge to rebel is strong in that time. Maybe this is an odd opinion, but if you want to try working and partying and see how tough life is, college isn’t the place to do it. As many, many adults are well aware being away from home at 18 can be a tough experience, and there is nobody to watch whether you go to class, or whether you just party or simply do other things.
At roughly $25,000-$30,000 alone per year in tuition alone for private college and $5,000-10,000 for public college, I think you are better exploring what you want to be without paying a fortune for it.
College at 18, leads to changes in majors, and often transferring or dropping out when you made a poor choice in school.
So my advice to my younger self would be to wait a couple years for school and see what the best options were for you. I did spend 2 years at the University of Chicago, and really enjoyed my time at Rutgers University where I earned my BA in Political Science.
But, I am completely unconvinced college is the right choice for everyone.