Why Everyone Stresses About College, Almost
By Ryan Topham
Edited By Luc Beaulieu
From the moment that you walk into the high school as a freshman, it seems that most people almost immediately go into “I NEED TO PREPARE FOR COLLEGE!!! NOW!!!” mode, and while it is true that you need to be thinking about your future a little bit, it is not something that you should be thinking about every waking moment of your life, and if it is something to figure out, it is one of the hardest things to do, but here is why you need to stop worrying about college.
The most important thing for you to know is that everyone around you who wants to get into college is going to, or so everyone is going to say to you. Now, it may be more of a painless experience for others than yourself sometimes, but for the most part, it is going to be a journey that we are all going to take, and it isn’t something to stress about.
Now, most people think that that they need to get into a huge college with a great reputation in the workforce, but for most, this is not the case. While it is true that it would be awesome to be able to say that you graduated from MIT, Harvard, Yale, or Princeton, this isn’t something that all of your employers are going to be looking for. Why, though, you may be asking. The answer is simple, college is just gosh darn expensive. Not everyone is able to afford to go to a great school, because most often, tuition can be something that is going to be something that kills you. These schools can have a tuition rate of upwards of almost $50,000. This is crazy, and you may now be retaliating that you can get a scholarship, which, isn’t always the case.
Now, most of the people who would like to be able to go to one of the aforementioned schools are typically the people who are going to be able to get a scholarship to cover some of their tuition. Though, not to crush your dreams, it just isn’t going to happen. Yes, you may be able to get a scholarship(s) that will cover maybe $20,000, and that is a very slim chance. Now, depending on the rigour of your courses, you are still going to be looking at at least $20,000 more. This is a huge uptaking for you and your family, and it is something that is probably going to carry with you for a long time throughout your life, something that you may always struggle to keep up with monthly.
Now, you may be thinking that I am focused upon only the highly motivated, but I am going to show you some other cases which will counteract this. The fact is, everyone who is going to go to college is going to want to succeed at something.
They may not be the most motivated student that you have met, but they know they want something in life. There is also an issue with this. They are worried about how they are going to achieve this. Due to the fact that they aren’t as motivated as they would like to be, they are going to be stressing about wanting to make themselves better, and improve their chances to achieve what they would like. While this is great, this is problematic for the character, as the inner you wants to enjoy life. The inner you is telling you that you should be able to enjoy yourself, and have fun, as well as be who you really are. The logical achieving side of you is counteracting this, it is telling you that you need to get A, B, and C done in the next hour, something that is illogical.
Looking back on the things that I have given, you start to see the picture. Not one person is the perfect high school student when it comes to their future, and most don’t have a plan on what they want to do with their lives. And in this, lies the greatest fallacy. The fact that a student is either putting too much on him or herself, while the inner them is telling them to enjoy their life, or that people are looking to achieve too much, is the real issue. If people, particularly high school students in our case, were able to plan ahead, but not too far ahead, to what they realistically want to do with their life, they would be better suited to make the decision of what they want for their college life, if anything at all.
The ideal student for our scenario is one who is going to wait a few years before they concern themselves with the giant leap into their future that they are going to take. Most people aren’t ready for the process that is going to go on, and should be waiting to mature before they being to think about what is going to happen. College is a big step, and with all of this, it is easy to see why people need to work on taking the minor steps necessary for making this progression towards their future.
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