Food for thought

Opinions Editor

They day our parents graduated from high school, they were told to go to college and create the best lives for themselves as possible. In other words, “hasta la vista” and good luck with all that, kid. We, on the other hand, have so many more alternatives to life after grade school than we think.
Because it is seen as traditional to graduate and go to a four-year college in the fall, many young students are pressured into entering an institution which may or may not be right for them.

They either graduate and become an amazing example, graduate and end up in a dead end job that they would jump out of a window over, or they drop out and become your midnight “hook up” at the local McDonald’s.
We’re a smarter generation than we give ourselves credit for. Why are we not able to give ourselves credit for this awesome intelligence we have? Because we don’t use our resources the way we should.
The day we graduated from high school, after we were done partying, we should have sat down and thought about everything we could do to be successful in life besides going to college. Why? Well, to start, that could possibly save hundreds of families from risking their credit and going into debt over a student who wasn’t supposed to continue as a student in the first place.
Don’t get me wrong, this article is not about going through life without secondary education. This article is about thinking about your other options to either make sure you are exactly where you need to be, or help you figure out how to get to where you need to be.
So really think about why you are in school. Think about what you really want out of life and whether you are actually where you are supposed to be. The last thing the world needs is another generation full of diploma-holding burger flippers.