Need some DP advice! Help a future college student out!Submitted by JH94 on Tue, 02/26/2013 - 23:49
Hey there everyone!
This is my first post on the DP. I've been reading and visiting this site for well over a year now and recently decided to join to get in on the discussions. The community is great :)
To business. I am a junior in high school and, as I'm sure you well know, all of these colleges and federal aid offers are being thrown everywhere. Being the Ron Paul guy I am, whenever I hear anything about "federal student aid" I usually ignore it. That's another issue, though.
In my list of decisions I've mentally made for myself for my life after high school, one of my options I'm considering is something called a "gap year." For those who don't know what that is, it's essentially taking a year off before college and either deferring your start until a later date or applying exactly a year after high school ends.
The only reason I've even considered a gap year is due to the fact I believe it is extremely immature to borrow a massive amount of money for college and then go in not knowing what I'll likely end up doing or if I'll even get a decent job to pay it all back. My peers tend to think they'll be alright, you know, they'll graduate college, get their dream job, and pay it all back quickly. I guess I know that's too good to be true these days.
I should also note that my parents run their own apparel business and my gap year would be spent entirely working for them. That's approximately $800-$1000 a month, more in the summer. I don't believe in laziness, so the idea of be never returning or continuing my education would never happen. I am open to anything. I just have an issue of spending money I don't have (I can thank Dr. Paul for that :-))
I am just looking for some advice on this. I've seen how knowledgeable and amazing some people are on here and thought it'd be a good place to ask.