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Alternative Plans For Post-Graduation






     Going to a university is a goal most teenagers feel like they are obligated to have. Media, school, and often parents are all telling them they need to go to a four-year college or better. Some people cannot always afford that or perhaps do not think that is the right road for them. Schools that train people to be a Dentist assistant are just as valuable. Some people will act as if training to be a dental assistant is not a respectable career path, but it is. Perhaps, an occupation is not your reasoning for not wanting to go to a four-year university. Regardless, here are a few options for graduated high school seniors besides college.

Gap years of service can be a really great way for a person to realize their true potential and calling. Going to an expensive school is a scary though if you are not sure exactly what you want to do. Taking a year and traveling around the country or world and helping people could be a really positive experience.

Gap years do not have to consist of doing service either, however, it is wise to full the year with something. Simply taking a year off can be very dangerous. You run the risk of losing control or becoming too far behind. If you get a steady job and are working up to something, than it can be constructive. Make sure, if you hope to go to college however, you apply on time and are adamant about going back to school, or else you might lose your chance.

Going to an occupational school or trade school is another option. If you cannot afford a university or are not interested in that academic of a future this path is probably for you. Jobs like being a pharmacy assistant make good money and only take a few weeks of training. There are multiple ways one can go about being in such a program. There are multiple online programs that prepare a person for such a job. There are also actual institutes were one would go to class. This is great for someone who does not have a lot of money, but needs a higher paying job.

If your grades are deterring you from a university, because you do not think you will be able to get in, try going to a stepping stone school for a year. A more prestigious college will allow you to enroll if you go to a less prestigious college and improve your academic achievement. Just make sure you will be able to transfer your basic credits

Lastly, if the expense of a four-year university is what is keeping you from going, do not rule out the idea of community college. They may not have the same reputation as other colleges, but they are an effective stepping stone while trying to locate funds for a real university. You can take supplementary and basic classes for a year or so while working in order to save money for a better school.




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Stewart Wrighter visited an Westlake Village dentist for an emergency procedure for his young son. He recently scheduled an appointment with a Thousand Oaks dentist for a regular check-up.


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