I've a soon to be high school graduate and an Army brat. Needless to say, seeing as I was born in Panama and I lived in Germany for a few years when I was younger, I have had the travel bug numerous times and right now is one of them. I'm not your traditional student--when they tested me for a Math disability a few years ago, I literally scored the minimum that passed me--and I've always liked any sort of learning outside of school. A good part of that is my attention span, which is only as long as the thing I'm interested in, but I have an addictive personality. In other words, bring on the History Channel, just don't stick me in History class.
For a while, I was positive that I wanted to be a vet tech. I went to check out a school with my parents, applied, and signed up for the placement test. I did the mandatory 40 hours under a vet or vet tech and it got me thinking, since most of the people that work there are "Animal Care Specialists" and still work with the animals a lot. I looked up online and the program would be under $1,000 and take less than a year.
I just don't want to end up regretting anything. I love kids, I'm a hard worker, I love animals, I love martial arts and I have no problem doing things that get me dirty. I have no problem being by myself--I've grown up as an only child with a lot of animals and my parents. I have no health problems that are of much concern--minus my migraines but I have medicine for them and they're not all that bad.
I talked to my mom about it and she told me to take the time to figure it out. Both of her siblings wasted money their parents didn't have on colleges they dropped out of and, with my dad retiring soon, they can't afford for me to do that either. Out of my five cousins on my mom's side, there's only one we know is college-bound--the oldest is a manager for some place and never finished high school, the second oldest is the college bound one, then there's me, my 17 year old cousin who's in drug rehab, and his eight year old brother. My mom never went to college, although she will be soon, and my dad has half of his degree in something finished. I've always been the cautious one out of everyone--I grew up with an anxiety disorder that is now 99.99 percent gone.
I've looked into au pair and nanny jobs but not recently and not with much luck. I looked into the Peace Corps but the lady said it'd be better for me to get a degree in something to higher my chance of getting in or something like that.
What should I do? I'm torn between going to college and just getting a two year degree in something so I don't end up like my mom when my dad emotionally abused us and following my heart, which is telling me to get out and explore while I have the chance.