Continuing School: Yes or No?

It’s become apparent to me that I don’t know what the hell I am doing. Many of you don’t know what you’re doing either. This is my first year in college – and at the end of this school year, I’ll have racked up thirty-seven credit hours. You only need thirty-six to be transferred to a four-year university. With that being said, I’m scared to death because I have no clue what I’m doing, what I want to be doing, or what I need to be doing. All I know is that time is running out for me, I don’t know what I want to major in, and I’m still just a baby in the “adult” world!

Maybe I just need to take a step back and breathe. (photo by Kevin Dooley)

Maybe I just need to take a step back and breathe. (photo by Kevin Dooley)

Maybe it’s not time for me to think about continuing school – but maybe it is. So I’ve decided it would be a good idea to write an article on the pros and cons of continuing school. Feel free to use this article as a basis for your own introspection on if you should or should attend a four-year university right after getting your associate’s degree.

Pros:

  • You’d probably be more productive than if you weren’t in school
  • They say you should never stop learning, ever
  • I’d be in a career faster, making more money and supporting myself
  • …Then again I could be going for a trade school
  • Which means that I’d be able to move out faster
  • You get to plan your day – in regards to hours and whatnot
  • The feeling of accomplishment and productivity is unlike any other
  • You’ll most likely finish school, no matter how hard it gets – because you didn’t take a break in the middle

Cons:

  • There’s a higher chance of you not continuing your education if you don’t immediately go
  • I’ll have less time to work, which means I’ll be making less money right now
  • I don’t know what I want to major in regardless
  • I might waste more money since I don’t know what I want to major in
  • As of current, I don’t have a reliable enough car to get to any of the four-year universities around me (granted, I have a year to save up for it or get a good enough job to get a reliable car!)
  • The stress of school and having a job may be crippling for you

What do you think? Is continuing school immediately after acquiring an associate’s degree a good or bad idea?

There is the prospective idea that you could, while not attending a four year university, take electives at your two year university to figure out what you want to do – if you are okay with the fact that you’d be spending money for credit hours that you don’t necessarily need.

Welp, looks like I’ve got a lot of soul searching to do. Have any pros or cons to add to the list? Leave your comments below!

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