If you think you’re the only one facing obstacles, you’re not. Below are some solutions for common problems.

“I have friends who dropped out. They seem fine.”

Motivation

Maybe your friends lost interest, motivation, or financial support because of decisions or personal challenges. That doesn't mean these were good decisions. We hate to sound preachy, but "because other people are doing it" is a terrible way to live. Chances are that many of them will return to school one day. Lots of folks take the scenic route. Maybe you are, too. That's cool.

If you do some research and talk with different colleges, you can make a way for yourself that fits your interests, learning style, and even how you work. The choice is yours.

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“School looks really boring. I just want to get a job instead.”

Motivation

Think of it this way: The job that you will get right now without a degree will likely be the type of job that you will get for the rest of your life. Yes, there are a few people who work their way up the career ladder without a higher education. Not many, though. And, it will take you way longer. Not only that, you are totally stacking the deck against your chances of having options to make more money and have a better life down the road. Know what's boring? Having to go to the same dead-end job every day just to make ends meet.

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“It's too hard! I don’t think I can do what will be asked of me.”

Motivation

OK. Let's get this straight. There's a difference between "hard" and "too hard." There will probably be moments when you think it's "too hard." That's how you know you're on the right track. Think about it this way: Your education will create the foundation for your future career. Don’t you want that foundation to be strong and something you put a lot of effort into? You're going to have classmates and friends to help you get through those times. And, most schools have a mentorship or tutoring program for when you have an especially hard time with something. Use 'em!

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“I have no idea what I want to be yet, so I should take some time off.”

Motivation

Maybe. But think of this: Lots of people start school not knowing what they want to do. Others think they know, but end up changing halfway through, without adding cost or time to their experience. You're probably going to need some general education classes anyway. In that time, your interests could show you a path toward something that inspires you.

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“Nobody in my family went to school. Why should I?”

Motivation

You are not your parents. There was once a time when you did not necessarily need a higher degree to get the job you are looking for, but those days are over. There are more people with degrees in the job market than ever. You want to be in that pool.

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