While transitioning to college immediately after high school may not be the right choice for everyone, there indeed are some significant benefits you need to consider. Here are some things you should think about when deciding whether to take a year off before college:
You could miss
If you do not go to college right after high school, you could miss out on some life-changing experiences that can shape who you are and what you believe in. The habits and opinions you form as a young adult will stay with you for the rest of your life – you could miss out on some significant opportunities to grow and mature if you put off going to college until you are older.
The friends you make during college will be some of your best friends for the rest of your life and college is a great place to start building a network. You never know how a connection you formed in college could benefit you later in life when it comes to your career.
When you are ready to enter the job market, you will likely start at the lowest end of the totem pole anyway but attending college could give you access to resources you might not have otherwise. Many schools offer internship programs which can help you get your foot in the door, and most schools offer some kind of job placement opportunities as well.
Provide college tours to various colleges throughout the United States each spring break (link event)
Pay the fees for the common black college/common college application
Assist youth with identifying and applying for local, state and etc scholarships
Provide assistance with completing and understanding the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
Provide computers along with assistance as you complete college applications and scholarships