The Untraditional College Route

The Untraditional College Route
The Untraditional College Route
Going to a 4 year college right out of high school isn’t the only option available to high school graduates. There are many alternative options to this traditional, standard choice and it’s important to explore all the sufficient substitutions before making the right decision for you.

Community colleges can be a great transition before applying to bigger, better schools you may not be ready for financially or academically. Community colleges are much more affordable, yet offer similar courses and can prepare a student for college life at a more difficult institution in the future. Many people opt for community colleges if they have obligations at home that might keep them from going away and such circumstances may only be temporary, so it’s a great way to bridge the gap before you are ready to apply to your "wish list" of schools. Community colleges do not offer housing, so it’s imperative that you choose one that is within commuting distance or you have someone with whom you can stay.

Going to school part-time (evening classes) while working full-time is also an option to explore if money is an issue. You can search colleges that offer classes at unconventional times such as nights and weekends. This is a great way of attending the college you want to attend, but not in the regular setting of being a day-time student. Your day-time hours can then be used for earning an income that may be used to pay for the classes or saved for possibly attending full-time in the future. Whatever the case, there is an option out there for you, just be diligent in exploring your options, knowing your needs, trusting your instincts and not being pressured by what everyone else is doing. There are many college options that are still a brilliant alternative and will offer just as much benefit as going away to a 4-year school.

Make sure you visit your high school guidance counselor to discuss these alternative options and ask for as much information as you can on colleges that offer night/weekend classes as well as community colleges. Ask if there are any recent graduates you could contact who are taking a less conventional route and see if you could speak with them about their experience. Talk to your parents about what’s best for the family and make sure they know what you want to do, but are also aware of the sacrifices you are willing to make if you have to.
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