This time of year typically brings many exciting events for college-bound high school seniors as they celebrate their graduation and prepare to head out on their own in a few months. But for students who received rejection letters or decide not to pursue a higher education, the end of senior year can feel more ominous than celebratory. If you are stuck trying to figure out you are going to do, don’t worry – there are plenty of opportunities for you. Here are a few to consider:

Investigate Other Higher Education Options
If you still want to attend college next year, talk with your school counselor about four-year schools with nontraditional or late admittance options or research community or technical colleges in your area. Many of these schools operate under an open enrollment possibility, so you can start classes in the fall and transfer to a four-year college of your choice in the future.

Plan a Vacation of a Lifetime
Take advantage of the freedom you have at this stage in your life to do something exhilarating. Before long, the responsibilities of school, work or family might make it very difficult to get away. So instead of buying textbooks, use that graduation money to go backpacking around Europe or take a cross-country road trip. Trust me, you won’t regret it.  

Make 2012-2013 Your “Gap Year”
Use the year after you graduate to explore different career fields and pursue your passions. By this time next year, you will not only have a better idea of what you want to do but also feel revitalized and ready to start the next chapter of your adult life.


Check out next month’s issue for more on the pros and cons of taking a year off after you graduate.