I remember that towards the end of my senior year in high school, my parents suggested that I apply to a four-year college. They also offered to pay for the cost of going to college as long as I would go full-time and would start right after high school. They believed that I would be more prepared to challenge the real world by having a four-year college degree rather than just a high school diploma. Having a higher education made the difference in getting a good job with a decent salary.
Unfortunately, I did not follow my parents' advice to go to college right after high school. Instead, I decided to look for a job because I wanted to be independent. After I had been working at different dead-end jobs and making minimum wage, I tried to apply for better jobs that would pay more than us the minimum wage. These jobs required a higher education such as having a two or four year college degree, which I did not have. I soon realized that I had to go back to school to obtain a higher education. I hated the fact that I had basically wasted three years.
Now I encourage my younger sister to go to college right out of high school. By doing so, she wouldn't waste time working in dead-end jobs making minimum wage. Instead she would concentrate on getting a better education which would provide her with a better paying job. I didn't want my sister to learn the hard way that she could have been better off by going to college a ther than working right out of high school.
I felt good to see my sister's interest in applying early to go to college right after she graduates from high school. Although she is still a junior in high school, I am glad she has learned from my mistake of not taking my parent's advice when I had the chance. Fortunately, I did go back to school, and now I'm in my last semester of college. I guess it is better late than never.