Applying to school seems complicated and I don’t know where to start.

Most people are overwhelmed by the options of choosing the right college or school. If you are in high school, you can start by talking to your counselor, who can guide you to the information you need. Whether you’re a teenager or adult, answer the questions in this site, which will help you decide where to start and provide you with available resources. If you have friends and family members who have gone to college ask for their advice. And remember, you’re not alone.

 

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I have friends who dropped out. They seem fine.

When it comes to making decisions about your next steps, the only person that matters is you. Maybe your friends lost interest, motivation, or financial support because of decisions or personal challenges. Their decisions shouldn’t sway yours - do what makes the most sense for you now and in the future. If you do some research and talk with different schools, you can make a way for yourself that fits your interests, learning style, and even how you work. The choice is yours.

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

Think about the job you have or could get right now. Is this a career that will satisfy your financial needs for the next 30 to 40 years? Check out the Lifestyle Calculator to see how much you need to earn in order to live the life you want. If there’s little to no opportunity for advancement in your current job, going to school for training or a degree is worth your consideration. Do you research and choose carefully - no one wants to spend their lives working a job just trying to make ends meet.