Row your own boat to success

Published 7:00 am Tuesday, December 12, 2017

As the Christmas break nears, it also means the midway point of another school year.

At this point, those close to graduating may be wondering what they will do with their lives post graduation. And they won’t be the only ones with the “what’s next” question rolling around in their heads. That same question will be reiterated by family, friends and relatives until they tire of the query.

In a world where competition becomes more fierce by the day, it seems judicious to have a plan of action laid out to prepare for roads that will only become more difficult.

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For many students uncertain what they want to do with their lives, the thought of spending another 4 years in classes, by attending college after having just stepped out of high school, can be daunting.

While studying more throughout your life will only make you smarter and in some cases more employable, many justify their uncertainty to pursue a degree as being due to the fact they don’t know what they really want just a few years down the road.

Even though college will likely provide an avenue to a better wage in the long run, some students don’t feel obliged to do it because they feel college is a decision that shouldn’t be forced on them.

In the end, whether to go to college or not really depends on what our young people intend to do with their lives.

For those who feel going to a university isn’t something they plan to do immediately after school, they should perhaps be allowed the time to think it over.

There are plenty of people who have made a successful life for themselves without a degree by seeking out their passions and working hard.

Even though there is data to show a college education is worth working towards because it opens more doors to employment opportunities and allows people to better analyze job market trends, the goals of everyone can’t be the same. In the end, an individual’s goals and aspirations should be theirs and theirs alone.