Should You Go To College?

October 19, 2016 | Written with Love By: Shaina Leis

In my opinion, the question of whether or not to go to college is not given nearly as much thought, as it should. This generation, the Millennials, are taught that college is the path to a successful life.

Well, if you’ve watched my videos for some time now, you’ll know that I beg to differ.

With that being said, this video is in no way meant to advise my viewers on what to do, but rather help them decide for themselves.

College is not right or wrong, good or bad. But, it is an option, not the be all, end all.

I not only wish that I was granted the permission to explore my options for after high school, but was taught how to make the best decision possible, for me.

This was my intention in making this video.

Please SHARE this video with a friend, a sister or brother, niece or nephew- anyone that you know who is nearing the end of their high school career.

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with gratitude and much love,



Hello internet friends. Welcome back, I’m Shaina if you’re new here. Today we’re covering a HUGE topic. Yea, it’s pretty big. It’s about making the decision to go to college or not! So if you’re in this predicament (or you just love this channel) keep on watching…


DISCLAIMER: This video is not meant to advise you whether or not you should or shouldn’t go to college.

Because I have NO idea what’s best for you. Only YOU know what’s best for you. So today, I just want to help you start to uncover what that is.

Because, again, it’s a big decision, a life-changing decision.

The money whether it’s your parents money or your money- it’s a lot of money, the time commitment (on average being the next four years of your life). And it ultimately determines the trajectory of your twenties.

Ok, so in my opinion the decision to go to college or not is not given as much thought as it should be. When I was in high school, I never questioned whether to go to college…

I was like “yup, I’ll fill out applications, sure, I’ll apply to some safe schools. Yes, sir Yes, ma’m , ahah, whatever you think, ok…I was a robot.

I was brainwashed into thinking college was the be all end all to a successful life. I really didn’t feel like I had any other options- such as taking a year off, doing some traveling, exploring my interests or even getting a job after school.

I fell straight into the trap (of what society expected from me).

Now again, I’m not saying college is the right or wrong decision, but I’d like to give you guys an opportunity (and the permission) to explore your own, unique wants…something I never had, but wish I had.

With that being said, let’s get down to it.

Here are my 3 Quick Steps to help you decide if you should go to college or not:

1.) Remove all outside influences. Your teachers, your parents, your guidance counselor, your friends. Pay attention to when you’re telling yourself things like:

Well, all my friends are going. Everybody will think I’m stupid for not going. My parents won’t get off my back unless I do. My guidance counselor and teachers expect me to go.

All of that is coming from your social self- the part of you that wants to conform and fit in…you must learn to disconnect from that in order to make the best decision possible.

THIS is the number ONE reason people find themselves on the wrong path. Because they let other people make the decisions for them (both consciously and unconsciously).

Right now, we’re just talking about you and what YOU want. It’s your life and as much as they think they know what’s best, they don’t. It’s impossible. So what do YOU really want?

2.) Ask yourself, What do I value in the upcoming year? (This is of course if you’re a senior) If you’re a junior and already thinking about college (you overachiever you), you’d obviously alter the question a little bit.

The key is to decide what’s most important to you right now and what feels liberating when you think about it?

For example, if you value education- college might be the path. If you value freedom from the rules- taking a year off might be a better option.

Does meeting new people and living the campus life sound exciting to me? Does traveling seem like a better option? Are you more curious about exploring different interests?

Choose a time to sit quietly and ask yourself these questions. Pay attention to how your body (physically) reacts to the different options.

3.) Another question. Do I know what my dream career is? If not, is college the place that I’m going to find it? Personally, I never understood the logic of spending 80 thousand in college when you don’t even know what you want to do, but that’s not to say that some people don’t find it there…

College, in theory, is meant to set you up for success. But, my definition of success was doing something that I loved, and college did not and could not prepare me for that. What’s your definition of success and is college the path to that success? (question of the day)

That’s it for today guys. I would love to hear more about your own personal stories when it comes to the decision of going to college. So make sure to comment down below and be sure to SUBSCRIBE to my channel if you haven’t already. I’ll see you next week. Bye!


Hi there! I'm Shaina Leis- founder of this inspirational space :) I'm a Certified Life Coach with a passion for helping young adults better themselves and their lives. In this blog, you'll find general advice, career guidance and so much more. Have fun!