I am a 17-year-old junior whose parents are convinced I should attend college after graduation. While I’m not the brightest bulb on the Christmas Tree, I’m also not the dimmest, but at this point I have no desire to further my education four or even two more years. I have always dreamed of becoming a model for the K-Mart sale flyers, and a degree won’t help that dream. I really don’t want to go against my parents and their wishes, but at some point I have to cut the apron strings and be my own person.
Floundering in Flitch
Dear Floundering in Flitch,
From your letter I can’t decide if you are male or female, which would make certain replies irrelevant to the opposite gender, so therefore I will keep it neutral.
Sorry to burst your bubble, but the odds of you becoming a model for K-Mart is about the same as Mr. Curfman being hired as an underwear model for Hanes. It may seem like a good Idea at first, but in reality, there are hundreds of qualified applicants out there, and only one job. And with any hiring, you really need an inside track, a great education, or just some outstanding experience in order to land the job.
So, stop floundering and take my advice (while respecting your parents wishes), and attend college. And, since it was their desire that you go, DON’T PUSH YOURSELF. Take it easy. Make sure the college of your choice DOES NOT have a mandatory attendance policy – and take as many classes as you can pass/fail. Take it easy, sleep in, stay up late, your ‘rents are paying the tab, so live it up. Make sure they give you a debit or credit card with NO LIMIT. Pizza ain’t cheap, neither is the gas for the car they’ll buy you. Or the designer wardrobe, or tolls for road-trips on the weekend,for that matter. But by all means, take advantage of the fact there may be some outlandishly rich student there who may just fall in love with you if you let them (or make them for that matter).
Keep me posted as to how things turn out.