To stay in college or not to stay in college?

@nicolec (2673)
United States
February 2, 2007 8:53am CST
That is the question. Is college for everyone? When I was growing up there was no question I would be going to college. It was mangatory in my family and at some points I was actually looking forward to it. But when I graduated high school I told my parents that I was not ready for more schooling. I wanted to take a year off, enjoy life and then I would go back. But they told me that if I took that year off I would not go back. So I went. And I was miserable. I started doing drugs. I didn't like the school itself, eventhough I had visited there. I was doing well academically but socially it was a nightmare. I was faced with the question, do I stay somewhere I am miserable because it is expected of me or do I leave? When is it to much to say I have had enough. And so mid way through the second semester (that's right, I didn't even last a year) I left college. The worst of it was the disappointment from my parents. However, to add a silver lining, 4 years later I went back and finished my degree. When I was ready. When I wanted to be there. So parents, should you listen to your children when they say then don't want to go?
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@SetoKun (287)
• Philippines
2 Feb 07
That should be a learning experience to all parents and students out there. I believe that parents should listen to their children and weigh things. Yes, school is mandatory in most families and countries but it would not do good to force someone do it. But of course its a case to case basis. Because some children need to be forced in order to be successful in the long run. The parents should know their children well enough. If the child can be trusted, then give him/her a break, or if the child is weak and need some force to do stuffs, then force him/her.
@nicolec (2673)
• United States
2 Feb 07
It is a fine line. But I think educational history is a good guideline. I did great in high school. A's and B's, honor's student, AP courses. So it wasn't like I didn't want to go to college because I was a 'slacker'.