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The After High School Decision

            Today's social structure calls for every young adult to attend a university immediately after graduating high school. It tells us we need to have a step-by-step plan of what we are going to do for the rest of our lives and what we're going to do for eight hours every day five days a week, and truthfully I think it's a bunch of garbage. Now I understand that for some people it works, especially if they have a simple mind frame, someone who just goes by the book and doesn't ask questions. However it's not as simple for people like me. We tend to want to do what we want to do when we want to do it. The main problem with that though is that we don't have the slightest clue at what we want to do. There's so much internal conflict in these situations because we feel like we have to fit in to this social standard where in order to be successful we have to follow the path they say is best. It's a constant battle on whether we do what we want, or if we follow the rules of society. This concept not only puts a large amount of pressure on us students, but also onto our parents and family. Since parents generally only want the best for their kids they often tend to push college onto their children. Students feel that they really have no choice on whether or not they continue onto a higher education or if they want to go straight to work. Now a majority of my opinion on college comes from my experiences with post-high school education and also with how I was raised.
             I grew up in a very work oriented home. From a young age I was taught to work and to do it with compliance. My family was never very wealthy so in order to make our house, our cars, or anything else we had nice, we had to do it ourselves. We built our own house, we fix our own cars, and we make anything for our home, such as cupboards or countertops. My family is also very religious. Ever since I can remember we attended church every Sunday; we never missed a day.

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