College to Success

As someone entering what will be my last year of high school in September, I get many questions about college, and what I will do with my life. Although I am expected to go to college by family because I'm an honour role student, I am not entirely sure that I want to go to college. My family disapproves of such thoughts on my part, so I do not often have the opportunity to explain why I'm not sure if I want to go to college.

I don't very much like school. Sitting at a desk taking notes for close to an hour per class is not my idea of fun. Although I enjoy reading and learning, I'd prefer to learn by doing. I like art classes for this very reason. I am not forced to sit in a chair and drool while the teacher lectures. If I want to learn how to use a pottery wheel, I can throw a pot on the wheel. If I want to learn more about certain artists or art forms, then I can do further research on my own.

Homework is a huge problem for me. Although I rarely miss a homework assignment, I absolutely despise doing homework. I do enjoy writing, but teachers could try to a little harder to come up with interesting topics to write about. Homework assignments tend to cause more stress than they're worth. I also find homework assignments to be incredibly boring.

My grades are high enough for me to be on the honour role, but I find school very difficult. I get distracted at every noise. If a door in a classroom is opened and someone walks by in shoes that make a lot of noise, I lose all concentration on the work that I was supposed to be doing. If the classroom has windows, especially if they're opened, I have no hope of concentrating on the teacher or assignments. If other students are talking, it's difficult for me to concentrate on almost anything.

Why aren't I allowed to say that I'm considering career paths that involve certificates rather than a college degree? I can take programs in school that will allow me to get an Advanced Regents Diploma and certification in architecture (CADD), cosmetology, construction, auto body repair, and diesel technology. Although many of these programs will lead to so called blue-collar jobs, I have absolutely no problem with being considered blue collar. I'm really not interested in owning a big house, or going on vacations every year. I just want to be able to get a job, and hopefully get married and adopt children from the foster care system.

I'm not going out of my way to disappoint anyone. I'm just not interested in sitting in a cubicle in front of a computer. I'm not really interested in getting a job that I hate just because I can make good money. Is there really something so wrong with that, or is it just a problem with me? College doesn't necessarily lead to success, especially in today's society. Why can't I make a decision about college without having to consider the material dreams of others? I have to live my life, and I don't very much feel like being told how to live it. I only want a chance to find a job that I like.

Do not yell at me for not wanting to go to college. I see no reason to spend thousands of dollars on college tuition just to find out that I'm in another schooling program that I have no desire to be in. I see no reason to pretend that I'm into the whole schooling thing, when I'm not. There is more than one way to develop the skills necessary for a career. College is not the only way.