If you are in the last year of high school (EGB, Preparatoria) you find yourself at a time in your life that you have to make important decisions. One of these decisions has to do with learning or what to study. But let’s take a step back first. Some students are not so concerned about what to study but are thinking about a much more fundamental question: Do I want to keep learning?
There will also be many of you who dropped out of school a couple of years ago. They did not study and now they feel a desire to train or train, learn new things or challenge yourself intellectually. And they ask themselves the same question: What do I want to learn? I want to study?
The reasons for deciding that now is not the time to study can be many, from financial to motivational. Some examples that we hear a lot include:
- I can’t find a career that completely convinces me and I don’t want to invest so much time in money in something that I’m not 100% sure about.
- I better start working. So I can buy more things and pay my debts.
- Studying is very expensive, I can be left with a large debt when I finish my degree. What if I don’t earn enough to pay for it later?
- I don’t feel like being in a controlled system and doing chores every day. It was enough with primary and secondary school.
- A title is not a guarantee of a good income.
- The job market values work experience more than degrees.
- I want to take a year to travel and do things that I like.
As you can see, some of these arguments refer to temporary arguments. Maybe you want to study, but now is not the right time, because you don’t know what you want to do with your life, you want to enjoy a year of freedom or because you have to pay your debts first.
In these cases, it may be advisable to take a year to work, travel, think, or whatever you need to do, and make the decision about which career to study a year later.
In the case of the other arguments, which are undoubtedly valid, it is important that you also know the advantages that studying can have for you.
Advantages of learning:
- Studying a university degree will help develop your professional career and general culture. No matter what career you choose, in your years in college you will learn about unfamiliar topics, talk to people with other points of view, and learn to structure your arguments and opinions well. You will acquire tools that will be very useful throughout your life.
- With a university degree (bachelor’s or master’s degree) generally you will start to earn a higher salary than a person without these studies. So even if you start working a couple of years later, the wait will be worth it financially.
- You will have more opportunities to grow in the organization where you are hired. Unfortunately for some managerial or executive positions it is necessary to have a bachelor’s or master’s degree.
- Student life is fun! Sure, this is a serious decision that you don’t have to make lightly. And you will have to consider serious arguments. But do not forget that the period you study at the university can be the most fun time of your life. You meet a lot of new people, you have free time to dedicate to hobbies, travel and yes, why not, go for a beer with friends from time to time.
- If you decide to take a break from school and go back to school a year or two later, there is a risk: may you never ever come back. You probably get used to having a little more income, more freedom and you lose the habit of reading and studying a lot. Can be hard to start again after a year without books and discipline.
Studying a university degree is certainly not economical. But see it as a long-term investment. And there are scholarships! Investigate what scholarships and other supports are in your country or in the country where would you like to study to see how these can help you achieve your dreams. And there is also the option of studying and working part time. This way you ensure that you can earn a steady income and also work on your education. This option can be especially interesting for those who are already working, have a family or have some financial responsibility.
Investing time and money in an education can never be a bad idea. We wish you every success in the world in your college experience!