Yesterday, I wrote a post for parents about signs that your student might not be ready for college. Today, I want to give some advice about what parents can do if you’ve made the difficult assessment that college just isn’t right for your student at this time.
Let’s say a junior in high school is really struggling academically. It would be entirely reasonable for her parents to make the assessment that she’s not ready for college and that she will instead attend a community college. But while the college timeline dictates that kids apply to four-year colleges early in their senior year, students don’t decide where–or if–they’ll go until 6 months later at the end of the senior year. For some teenagers, that six months can bring them the maturity and perspective they didn’t have before.
I’ve swept floors. I’ve cleaned bathrooms. I’ve burned my hands on exhaust manifolds, worked 12-hour days, and still not had enough money to get my own car fixed. I didn’t know in high school what life without a college degree looked like. But I do now.