Long time, no post! Well, it’s only been a little over two weeks, but it felt like a long time. Hopefully this won’t happen again, because I made myself a schedule and actually put blogging in it. Go me. 😉
Today I’ve got a bit of a different post. I always say I want to make Heir of Glitter more of a lifestyle blog instead of just books and don’t really go beyond that. But I’ve had this idea in my head for some time now, and when it won my Twitter poll I decided to go for it. Because that’s totally how you make decisions… right?
Let’s get into the discussion!
Disclaimer: I know many countries don’t have a very good education system or don’t have one at all. I’m very thankful to live somewhere that allows me to get an education.
When school starts in August, I’ll be starting my junior year (third, for those outside the US) of high school. This year and senior year (my fourth/final one) are the years where college becomes really important. We’re encouraged to start thinking of careers as early as eighth grade, and in the beginning of high school the pressure is there but on the back burner, so to speak. In junior year, counseling starts to stress just how important college is and we have to start thinking of where we want to go and what degree we want to pursue. It’s a lot of pressure.
When I was young I wanted to be a teacher, but as I got older and more involved in the bookish community I shifted to an editor/publisher or something in that field. I’ve been taking advanced English classes and plan to also take creative writing in the coming school year. But college is something I hadn’t really thought about prior to the last six months or so. I’ve never imagined getting any sort of scholarship, so as college has been brought up more and more I’ve been thinking mainly of the financial aspect. I don’t live in a family that can drop $50,000+ on college, * and I want to avoid student loans if I can. I’ve heard horror stories about them.
* Honestly, I don’t know many people who could.
Recently I started looking into colleges with good English programs. I found one I liked and then saw the price of a single year. I decided against that school quickly.
One day I realized that maybe college wasn’t all it’s cracked up to be. If I thought high school was stressful, how would I get through college? What if I was halfway through and decided I didn’t like my major? What if I graduated college and couldn’t get a job with my degree? I know I shouldn’t put too much thought on what-ifs because there are so many, and most of them will likely never happen, but we all know they come to mind anyway.
Basically, I was doubting whether or not college was the right thing for me. I know of people that are very successful and didn’t go to college. I did a bit of research and found that the two jobs I’d love most can be obtained without a degree if I’m willing to work for them. So at the moment, I’m thinking I might not go to college.
One of my biggest problems is the pressure placed on high school students to make decisions: college, the army, a job, something. We’re expected to do something after we graduate high school. But should we? I’m not saying we should sit there and be lazy. But as teenagers, should we be making decisions that will affect us for the rest of our lives? If I went to college to get an education degree, and decided in my third year I wanted to be an editor instead, what would I do? I don’t think it’s logical for us to make decisions like this at our age. Now if there are people my age that know for sure what they want to do, that’s awesome. I’m sure there are some. But for people like me that aren’t sure, it’s an awful lot of pressure.
And at least at my school, we aren’t told to consider taking a bit of time off before college or whatever we choose to do. We aren’t given that choice by counselors, so more often than not we forget it’s available. We’re rushed into making choices, to be quite honest. I’m not even going to go into the pressure to keep our grades up and join extracurricular activities. **
** I still don’t know why we had to give up nap time in first grade. It would be really useful in high school.
We’ve all heard that high school will be the best four years of our lives. But, honestly? It isn’t. Even without getting into social drama, grades, and the strain on our mental health, we’re pushed into decisions, because college and our futures are always put first.
Do you agree with me? Are you going to or currently in college? What’s your dream job? Let’s chat! I’d love to hear your thoughts! 🙂
I’m off to finish reading The Tiger’s Watch by Julia Ember. It comes out on August 22 and you all should totally read it. 😉 I hope you all have a fabulous day/night! ❤
Until next time…