Dread Lörd Kaolian wrote:
Have you ever known me to let a sockpuppet exist long term once suspicions were proven?
Sir Xsarus wrote:
I heartily second Ari's suggestion to take a year off before you go to University. I know it's (apparently) a couple years off, but go and do something else. I suggest finding some sort of program that lets you travel to other places in the world.
Meanwhile, I suggest the exact opposite. If your school has any sort of regard for your future, the last year there will be pushing you toward college. There will be announcements for SATs, courses for college credit (IB/AP), colleges that comes and visit, and perhaps the school will even set up trips for you to visit local colleges. Your guidance office should be helping you with scholarships and applications.
If you take a year off and then come back, suddenly you have to do most of that work by yourself. Odds are you won't be eligible for as many scholarships (as you're no longer a "graduating high school student"). Since you no longer attend your school, the guidance office can do little more than forward your transcript on. If you have a large school, the teachers might not even remember you enough to write good letters of recommendation. This limits your chances to get into a good university and the chance to get decent scholarships. That means more loans and more debt.
Ideally, if you want to travel, do so for a month after college graduation. You're older, more experienced, and less likely to make dangerous mistakes (ie, if you're 22, you're less likely to get trashed in a country with a drinking age of 18). You will still have a lot of opportunities to travel, and a degree waiting for you when you come back and need to apply to jobs. The only downside could be the amount of debt you have hanging over your head... but on the other hand if you had traveled before college, odds are you're going into it with debt hanging over your head from your trip. As for programs that let you travel around the world, I highly suggest looking up ESL programs that send you to a foreign country to teach the kids to speak English.
Assuming you take and pass English first, that is. Edited, Apr 14th 2012 7:29pm by LockeColeMA
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