Tuesday, August 28, 2012

College Anyone?

Michael Baisden twitted a question about college…  “Is college for everyone?  What would you do if your child told you he/she didn’t want to go to college?”  And I replied, “College isn’t for everyone, parents should develop a POA (Plan of Action) to cultivate, encourage and support their child’s aspirations/visions.”

I guess you’re thinking, why am I writing about this?  I took the question from this perspective…  The parent(s) must have had plans for the child to attend college and now, the child has decided for whatever reason, they don’t want to attend.  Let’s say this is the case in this scenario…

Obviously, something has happened to make the “young adult” change his/her mind.  And more than likely, the result may have been that the “college decision” was something the parent(s) wanted.  The truth of THIS MATTER is SOME parents STILL push THEIR personal desires and dreams off onto their children not thinking about what the (NOW) Young Adult wants.

College ISN’T for everyone, but continuous learning and acquiring knowledge IS  If a young person has plans for college, that’s great, if he/she initially did and changed their mind, then that’s okay too.  The KEY here is to have a POA for achieving their aspirations, dreams, goals and visions. 

Parents must not get caught up in the traditional thought pattern of “you gotta go to college.”  There are other paths that young people can pursue to achieve success and fulfillment in their lives.  Yes, lead them and guide them, ensuring they stay on a positive path…  Just remember to “Cultivate, Encourage and Support THEIR ASPIRATIONS, DREAMS, GOALS AND VISIONS.”

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