A lot of people in the comments on this earlier post mentioned that they were forced to go to college against their will and then dropped out because they weren’t taking it very seriously. Then they went back later to finish up.
Both of us were expected to go to college right out of high school. We wanted to go to college right out of high school. You know the South Park refrain, there’s a time and a place for everything, and that place is college. Why wouldn’t you want to go? All of our friends went to college right out of high school.
Other folks we know did their schooling mainly along class lines… the lower income worked right away while maybe taking the occasional community college course. Some dropped out of high school and bounced from minimum wage job to minimum wage job or husband to husband. Some middle class kids went to cosmetology school or nursing school instead of college or as a way to pay for higher education. (I remember getting my hair cut at Walmart by a former acquaintance the summer I graduated… she was working her way through school and planning to move to California with her boyfriend once she was done.)
Some of the college goers dropped out after a year or two. To our knowledge none of them have returned, but with those two years of school they’re gainfully employed making big bucks. At least the guys are.
In real life, I don’t know anybody who was forced to go to college against their will (including our students). But apparently their numbers are legion online. I don’t know anybody who regretted going, even those who dropped out. I do know a few folks who wish they’d been able to go but can’t now because they’re too busy with life. And a few folks who went back after the kids were out of the house. With my biological clock being what it was, I’m glad I went straight through… though maybe I should have gone ahead and skipped my senior year even if it was free.
What about you? Did you go to college? Did you go right out of high school? Were you forced to go? Did you get support from your parents? What were your experiences like?