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Ask Rene: Help! My Kid Doesn’t Want To Go To College!


Ask Rene:
Help! My Kid Doesn’t Want To Go To College!


Hi Rene,

Love the site and all your great pieces – keep ‘em coming!

Here’s my problem. My daughter Kara is about to turn 16 so we’re starting to think about her college education. We’ve saved a reasonable amount in her university fund and her grades would be good enough for her to have a strong choice of colleges to choose between.

Unfortunately Kara is adamant that she’s not going to college. She says she’s bored of school and doesn’t want to study anymore. She wants to have some fun after she graduates and go traveling.

Her father and I wouldn’t mind so much if she had a definite career plan in mind – but Kara basically just wants to party and we’re worried she’s throwing her future away.

How can we convince her daughter that she’s on the wrong track and making decisions that could seriously jeopardize her future?


Debbie, Colorado



Hi Debbie:

Okay, let’s start by backing away from the ledge. In your head you are imagining at best your daughter working for minimum wage in a sweatshop or at worst, living on the street. Neither one of those is likely to happen but if you keep pushing her, trying to bend her will to yours, the outcome will most assuredly not be what you want. Let’s look at the facts.


3. Kara's Lack Of A Definite Career Plan

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Okay, whoa, let’s get a grip here. She’s 15-years-old! How on earth could she have a definite career plan, she hasn’t even seen much of the world/life. She’s gone from home to school with perhaps an extracurricular activity thrown in here and there. Kara needs to be exposed to some things before she can formulate an opinion about her likes and dislikes as a mature person.

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