What if College Isn’t For Me?

By: Brianna Ramos (Opinion Editor)

As of March 2020, there are over 1.2 billion students in the world. It is proven by the National Center for Education Statistics that about 65 percent of high school students move on to higher level education, thus leaving the other 35 percent of students cutting their own path in life. These findings imply college is not made for everyone. In these times, it is proven that many students make it big without a college degree. For those in question whether they want to invest their time into long hours of studying, it is important you take time to examine your financial situation, consider taking a gap year to evaluate your aspirations in life, and be open minded towards different opportunities that will aid in improving your quality of life. When reaching out to a few older people who have
made a successful career without a degree, I was able to conclude no matter the path you choose, there will always be a part of you that will wish you had tried life differently because it is human nature to wonder “what if I chose this path” in life. An older man named Gil Cruz, who is now 61 years old, stated, “I am now retired with little regrets, I was able to work as a postman for 35 years and I enjoyed being able to travel and experience the world one day at a time.” Next, I interviewed a 33-year-old woman named Kyra Cruz who said, “I am doing good on my own and I’m working as a caregiver for the elderly. I see myself enjoying this job while trying to build a career through YouTube as well.” Lastly, I spoke with a 24-year-old named Shantalie Santos who said, “I am working at a federal agency that deals with the collection of taxes. I enjoy my job because I get to help people with taxes, I get paid well and travel about once a year. I didn’t feel school was for me because I never really excelled, and I am doing just fine where I’m at now.” These adults are living examples of a successful and comfortable life without college. This means, as long as you put yourself out there and apply to places, it is possible to achieve what you want to be. On the other hand, it is also said that 12 percent of non-college attendees end up homeless. However, the odds are more in your
favor because that does not include the students who turn to drugs, gangs, etc. Overall,finding a career path is hard and it takes a lot of effort but to reach your destination is not
impossible as long as you persevere when the going gets tough. Other than the few instances of jobs listed above, some other career paths without a college degree with
matching salaries are:

-Home Health Aid $25,000
-Medical Assistant $35,000
-Massage Therapist $35,000
-Dental Assistant $39,000
-Solar Photovoltaic Installer $43,000
-Licensed Vocational Nurse $48,000
-Media and Communication Equipment Worker $80,000
-Power Plant Operators $80,000
-Repairman $80,000
-Powerhouse Electricians $80,000
-Criminal Investigator $82,000
-Commercial Pilots $83,000
-System Operators $87,000
-Patrol Sergeants $90,000

-Nuclear Power Reactor Operators $95,000
-Transportation, Storage, and Distribution Managers $95,000