My son is in his junior year of high school; the time when teenagers are looking at colleges, taking SATs, and thinking about their future. Teachers, parents, and grandparent expect that their kids will go to college, but let’s be honest…. college isn’t for everyone. Somehow that gets forgotten. Don’t get me wrong…I value education. I am halfway through my Master of Science in Nursing program. I wish my son wanted to go to college, but he doesn’t….and that’s okay.
I have always stressed the value of an education to him, whether it be college or a trade school. We spent time talking about how you have to have a marketable skill. How a job making minimum wage is not enough to support himself on. Do I wish he had this overwhelming desire to be a doctor? Of course, but he doesn’t.
Unfortunately for him, his high school doesn’t seem ok with it. He has to research colleges and write papers on them. Some classes are spent going to school sponsored college fairs. It was stressing him out to the point that he was afraid to tell me that he didn’t want to go to college, and I am not okay with that. I never want him to be afraid to tell me something.