One of the hardest decisions to make in your life is choosing to go to college or not going to school at all. The first option is to go to college for four years receive your Bachelor’s degree and then try to find a job that matches your major. The alternative option is to receive your high school diploma and go straight into the work force and make money right out of high school rather than having debt after going to college.

This decision becomes harder when people in your life are pressuring you to go one way or the other. The choice you make will affect your career and practically the rest of your life so make sure it is something you want to do not somebody else.

With that being said, here are some tips to help you make the right decision and what things to look for in making your choice.

There are a lot of details that go into making your decision when you graduate high school. One of the most important factors for some is the cost to attend the school. Also, another very important part of your decision is whether or not they have your major you want. If you want to make a career later on in your life, making sure the school has your major is very important.

I did not know what I wanted to do and I thought that taking a gap year would be best for me. Also, during that I will be taking some Ivy Tech courses so I can save some money up while I am at it,” said senior Emma Shock

It just depends on what you want to do with your career and you have to be passionate about it. So, when I decide where I want to go after this year, I will do research to see if the school is well-known for my major that I have selected,” said Shock.

For some people, money is not the first thing they think of. It can come down to the perfect location they want to be at and if they have a graduate school option after they get their Bachelor’s degree.

“The first thing I think of is how I like the campus and location of where it is. I want to go to graduate school so I don’t have to worry about the rankings of the education. I want to go somewhere where I feel at home,” said senior Luke Ferrell.

The other alternative route other than going to college is to go straight into the work force and start making money rather than going to school and having school debt.

“I like working a lot and I am not very enthusiastic about school so going straight into the work force was something I thought would fit best for me,” said junior Tanner Greene.

This decision is something that will affect the rest of your life so make sure you are making the choice that you want to make rather than your family members or friends.