50 Ways to Leave Your College

Barry Lenson

50 Ways to Leave Your College

A few students have recently told me that they are fed up with college. They’re spending a barrel of money with no guarantee of employment after graduation.  Some of them also tell me that they have dull instructors who teach boring classes.

Yet these students seem hesitant to take time off. Maybe they’re making it more complicated than it needs to be. Let’s review the lyrics of the song “50 Ways to Leave Your Lover,” the Paul Simon classic . . .

Just slip out the back, Jack

Make a new plan, Stan

You don't need to be coy, Roy

Just get yourself free . . . 

If you’re having similar doubts about your college, I am not advising you to drop out without thinking first. It’s a big decision. But if you are spending more and getting less, maybe it’s time to step back to define your educational objectives more carefully . . .

  • Take a leave of absence to work in your major field of interest. Maybe you’re thinking about working in publishing or accounting?  Maybe you want to start a business of your own? There’s nothing like real-world working experience to help verify how good those plans are.
  • Take courses online to explore new majors and areas of interest. College courses online offer you a low-cost way to explore new fields and majors without breaking the bank.
  • Become a distance learner for a semester or a year to recharge your finances. If you’re getting edgy about writing one big check after another to your college, you can stop leaking money for awhile by earning credits online, off-campus.
  • Take time off while you investigate better colleges or universities. If you’re paying a fortune to attend classes taught by boring instructors, maybe it is time to drop back and shop around for a better school.

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