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25 Year Old College Freshman

That sounds almost as bad as 40-year-old virgin, but still like kinda far from it right? (I hope) It may have taken me longer than the average bear to decide what I want to do with my life and even longer to decide I should indeed go to college but I’m finally there and it feels great.

I was one of those people who graduated high school at 17. In fact I graduated in December my senior year (a semester early) because I hated high school. Let me rephrase that…I hated high school. I’m sure it had a lot to do with my specific situation and the fact that I went to 5 different high schools because my mother deemed it necessary to move all over the country. I’m sure for some people high school is all the sunshine and daisies it’s made out to be but at 17 I just wanted out. I needed out. And I vowed school was for people who liked social settings and the constant gossip of who’s with who, things I couldn’t care less about.

At 17 I wasn’t nearly mature or sure enough of myself to make such an enormous decision like going to college. Too much pressure, too expensive to commit to without even having a clue as to who I wanted to be, too many decisions, too many more days sitting in a classroom, plus I just finished! Isn’t some sort of break due?

I admire anyone who knows what they want to do for the rest of their lives at 17. And some people really do, some people have deep desires to grow up and be a doctor saving lives, some people feel their purpose in front of a classroom passing on knowledge, some people think dinosaurs are so cool they can’t wait to be digging up fossils in a desert somewhere, I admire all of that. Even if you’re 30 and you’ve finally realized you want to own your own business and go to business school, knowing what you want to do is half the battle and I admire people deciding essentially what they were born to do.

I got my first job at 16 and had it until the beginning of this year, when I decided to drop everything and follow my dreams. I moved up quickly in the company I worked for and could have made a very decent career out of it, but now that I’m positive as to who I’m meant to be in this world I refuse to settle for any other  job. I used to think college was something I could just ignore all together but 6 years out of high school I’m finally ready to participate.

So this winter semester I’ll start my freshman year at 25 years old (turning 25 in January) and I’m genuinely excited about it. I hope school is a ton more enjoyable when you’re working for something you’re actually interested in.

Also I hope freshman hazing isn’t really a thing.

“Don’t follow you’re dreams, chase them.” -Richard Dumb

You can read more from Tabitha Khojaev on her blog.

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  • Jaye Milla

    Don’t be so hard on yourself, I know tons of people who have their bachelors degree and can’t even find a job in their field. Here I am with no degree under my belt and I already make more than they do with a degree. It’s all about how you decide on what path to take & what you’ll do follow through. Stay positive & keep it up :)

  • Amy Heiden

    Good for you! I rushed into college when I was 18 because I just thought that was what I was supposed to do. I ended up wasting a lot of time and money because my heart wasn’t in it. Now I’m 23 ans still working on my bachelor’s degree.
    Just a word of advice… there are going to be so many teenagers that you will often feel like you are in high school. The best you can do is focus on yourself and hope you don’t get stuck doing a group project with them.
    Best of luck!

    • Tabitha Khojaev

      And if I do get stuck in a group project I’ll just sit back and let the cool kids do all the work.

  • Annelise Johnston

    I am in the exact same situation right now…. kinda freaking out, but what my friends keep telling me is this: all the other students are 6 years younger and 6 years dumber than us!!!!!

    Also, they all got their BAs a few years ago and are still working retail and crappy stuff like that, while we have real life experience! right?

    • Tabitha Khojaev

      Don’t freak out! You’re making me freak out! We can do this, we’ve got 6 years of real life adventures and knowing what it’s like to pay the rent on these people! Best of luck to you

  • Ashley Lynn Cook

    It can be done! My husband is a Systems Specialist and PLC Programmer and doesn’t have a degree (barely a year of college) but he makes good money, even more than other coworkers that HAVE degrees. Now that he’s 28 and feels financially stable and has a strong job that will allow him to go back to college, he’s going to go for his bachelors, slowly but surely! And I have 2 years of college under my belt (no associates though) but with my career (dance instructor) it’s not necessary to have a degree, it’s just a perk. Eventually I would like to have at least a business associates, and I’m 25 as well. It’s never too late to get yourself some learning! Haha! Everyone is different, you do what’s best for you!

  • Lindsay Sell

    i, too, am starting my first “official” year of college. i just turned 23. i’m still entirely too indecisive about what i want to do with my life. there’s so many options out there and how will i ever know what i should settle on?! i’m going for education. it’s something i’ve always had my eye on for a years, so we’ll see how it turns out. good luck to you though! :)

    • Tabitha Khojaev

      Good luck to you too! Education is a good route and if I had the patience to teach I probably would too.

  • Anonymous

    good for you! it doesn’t matter when you finish so long as you do. I’m 27 and barely an incoming junior :(

    • Tabitha Khojaev

      No worries, as long as you’ve got an achievable goal you’ll make it! Plus I’ll be 28 when I’m a Junior, so you’ve got that going for you :)

  • Lindsay Sell

    thank you much, ma’am :)

  • Jessica Alfrey

    I just turned 28 and am a sophmore in college… But I also work 40 hours a week, so its’ taking me twice as long to finish. Don’t worry, even though it’s a lot of work and everyone else is younger, it feels awesome to know that you’re working towards something you really care about. Also, you’re probably going to do much better than the 18 year olds since you actually WANT to be there and put serious thought into it rather than just doing it because its the next obvious step to take after high school. :)

  • Beth Haydon

    I’m 24 and I just went BACK to college after a few years off. Have fun and don’t let the little kiddos complaining about how their parents bought them a new macbook but won’t buy them a new car get you down! Also, I’ve found that going to class is way more fun and easy than any of the jobs I had while I wasn’t in school. You can do it! I am enjoying and doing really well in all of my classes, much better than I did when I first went to college right out of highschool.

  • Jacki Dunn

    I went to college straight after high school. It took me 5 years to graduate, and I’m pretty positive I don’t even want to work in that field anymore. So now I get to go back to school to get a masters so I can work in an area I do enjoy. Waiting to go until you figure it out is definitely an okay thing.

  • Lisa Jean Saldanha

    awesome post!! I think it’s amazing you took the time to figure out what you want to do, and you’re pursuing it! Best of luck to you :)

    • Tabitha Khojaev

      Thank you!! :)

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