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What to Do About Common Roadblocks to Going to College

Summer is quickly coming to an end, and that can only mean one thing: a new semester. Along with a new semester also comes recent high school graduates who are thinking about the possibility of attending college. Understandably, many hold concerns about even applying let alone attending college since the daunting application process for many must be started at the beginning of their senior year. These concerns range from financial to simply being uncertain about their potential. The following list details some of the most common roadblocks to going to college.

“It’s Expensive!”

One of the most common roadblocks for most people, especially those from low-income families, is the financial aspect of going to college. Some fear that going to college will force them to take out high-interest student loans, placing them in instant debt. Those who do have some scholarships may quickly realize that scholarships are often not enough to live on. However, hope is not lost. Many students are today taking a year off after high school in order to work and save up as much as they can. This allows students to pay year by year rather than taking out a lump sum of loans. Other means of paying for college are through work-study programs, federal student aid, or jobs within the school. You may scrape just by, but it’s a way better alternative than putting yourself in debt.

“It Takes So Long…”

High school graduates see their newfound freedom as a reason to begin working in order to provide for their families. Although the thought is noble, it can lead to an unpredictable and low-wage life. Students state that college simply takes too long to complete; after all, some degrees may take more than four years to attain. Potential students should be aware that there are practices right now to limit the amount of time needed. According to Independence University, some online institutions design their curriculum so that it takes less time to complete degrees than is typical.

“I Don’t Know What to Study”

Not knowing what you want to do in life is okay. Often a big reason that graduates don’t apply for college is that they feel like they haven’t found their true passion. One of the most important things to note is that your passionate won’t simply fall into your lap. Many college students have stated that their career choices were based on experiences within their campus. Attending college and taking your core basics first is a good place to start. This provides you with about a year and a half to really explore all the educational paths your college has to offer.

“I’m Going to Get Homesick”

Understandably, new freshmen who have always lived at home with their families may find the experience of living apart unnerving. According to Genesight, being homesick is perfectly normal, and it should not stop you from being able to experience the world. Many campuses around the country offer programs geared toward those coming from out of town. Through friend programs and counselors, new students can find a plethora of assistance.

Thought it might seem like there are so many things that make it difficult to go to college and succeed, there are resources available like the ones mentioned above that can help you. Going to college and getting a degree may seem like hard things to accomplish, but with resources like these, it is very doable for anyone.

Tim Esterdahl

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