College can be wonderful, and college can disappoint. Just because everyone talks about college as a magical experience doesn’t mean that it’s right for you now (or perhaps ever). 

Below are some suggested directions. No matter who you are, you should browse our interviews with grown self-directed learners and our podcast.

If college isn’t what you thought it’d be…

You imagined that everyone would be more serious about studying; that the classes would be really great; that professors would invest more time in you; that you’d make some really great friends. But that’s not what’s happening. For the amount of time and money that you’re investing in it, you imagine that you might do better on your own. You want to go beyond what college offers (and asks of) you.

Look into:

Getting More Out of College


Gap Years

College Alternatives

Purposefully Skipping College