I've been saying for a long time there needs to be a "handy man"
course students can take.
This covers some good points, but after teaching college freshmen for a dozen
years, I've seen a few other reasons why kids leave college.1--Some kids are absolutely clueless as to what college life will be like.
I've had a few confess they really thought it would be non-stop parties and
fun, just like in poor quality movies. They leave out of disappointment. 2--Some kids are burned out from high school. The goal--always--is to
get good grades to go to college. Often college sounds like the end, not another
beginning. To realize that college is more of the same, but with greater
intensity, is simply too much. They leave to get a break.3--Money is
a very real concern. Some kids are very uncomfortable paying so much (or having
their parents struggle) and wonder if there isn't some other way. They
leave to earn money.4--Some realize college just isn't for
them. High school was an endurance test, and going to college is just more of
the horrible same. These kids leave for a better alternative.College
is NOT for everyone. And that's fine. There are other ways to get job
After teaching junior high and high school for 28 years I agree with this
article wholeheartedly. However, I think one of the biggest reasons people in
Utah stop out of college is that they are pressured into getting married very
young and they just cannot afford it. So yes, it is money, but not the reason,
especially in Utah, of just money. It is hard to raise a family at such a young
age and go to college too. Stay poor for a while longer, get your education and
then begin the rest of your life. Just as Mom of 8 states, "college is NOT
for everyone" no it isn't but most don't have the maturity and
skills to go straight to work. They some type of training through a tech.
college or apprenticeships.