High school graduation was imminent. I only had a few months left and then . . . well, at least I had some
time to decide. However, several people
wanted to know my exact plans. Would I
go to college? Which one? Would I join
the workforce? Doing what? The inquiries were always well-meant. However,
since I hadn’t sifted through all of the
possibilities, these inquiries became a
gut-wrenching inevitability. Would my
friends (or worse, my parents’ friends)
approve of my plans? Would they have
a suggestion that I would have to evaluate and determine if, or how, it fit in the
big picture? The embarrassment of having an incomplete answer was, at times,
In the end, I worked for a couple of years
then got my bachelor’s degree at a Christian
college. I cherish my experience; however,
it wasn’t until much later that I discovered
some hidden detriments to the traditional
college route. But, there were blessings in
disguise as well.
If my dilemma resonates with you and
you are equally unsure about taking the college route, here are some considerations to
keep in mind.
1. At a Christian college, you’ll be sur-
rounded by opportunities to grow closer to
God and to learn wisdom through friends,
professors, and chapel services. These Bib-
lical lessons form a support base that will
carry you and enrich your life through the
college years and beyond.
2. The friendships that form during the
college years are investment-worthy. These
ties will help you through the challenges of
intensive academia and form the basis for
networking after college.
3. College is filled with self-discovery.
Just as home education is a springboard
for life, so college will push the envelope
regarding your abilities, showing the extent of your capabilities. It is also a time
of proving and solidifying your beliefs and
4. As a college student, Mom won’t always be in the next room, so you’ll need
to make your own decisions. You’ll have
to choose what to eat, who your friends
are, and how seriously you take your
classes. In this kind of semi-controlled
environment, you can take to heart the
concept “choices have consequences”
(both bad and good).
5. During college, you’ll perfect scheduling techniques. Through homework schedules and extracurricular activities, you’ll
learn skills like prioritizing, setting and
adhering to goals, and planning ahead. Besides, knowing how to finish projects by established deadlines is an important skill for
1. Studies have shown that the chances of
current students working in a field related to
their major are slim. 1 And only a few careers,
like teaching, medicine, and engineering actually require further education outside of
what individual workplaces supply. So why
spend four years and thousands of dollars
on college when you can learn exactly what
you need for your vocation from the people
who will sign your paycheck? Granted, there
are companies that want applicants with degrees; however, several prefer work experience and a willingness to learn. In any case,
if you discover in a few years that you need
a degree to climb the corporate ladder, you
can pursue college at that time.
2. College debt is incredibly disadvantageous. The average debt among 2016 graduates was $37,172; 2 however, many graduate
with more. Some work hard through college and graduate debt free. And, for those
who get a good-paying job right out of college, it’s not such a big deal, but for the 86%
who don’t3 (and their co-signing parents),
it can be discouraging and economically
3. Traditional college meal plans are convenient. However, it can be discouraging
to be surrounded by unhealthy cafeteria
options, lacking time or proper equipment
to do it yourself. The resulting weight gain
during college can be difficult to lose, even
after returning to a healthier diet.
Why or Why Not?
5 Pros and 5 Cons
By Angela Cornell
As you consider the options,
ask God for His wisdom,
and He will direct your steps.