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Mary Peacock

First, don't let that first year stop you! You have the rest of your life ahead of you, and now you just have to find your best way. You still have a lot of options - here are a few:
1. Go back to college. No, you probably won't be able to go back to a 4 year school immediately. Start at a community college and get your Associates degree. Do well and make good grades. Once you have that, you will likely be accepted into most state schools. They will see that although you stumbled your first year, you didn't let that stop you. You buckled down, changed your behavior, and got right back up on that horse. Most schools will recognize the change and will let you in to finish out a Bachelor's degree.
2. if you don't think college was the place for you (it isn't for everyone) - consider a trade or skill that will still pay well. Many of those require a trade school. Think everything from driving a mack truck to becoming a hair dresser, electrician, plumber, dental assistant, paralegal, police officer, fireman, etc. Nothing sounds exciting? Try taking the Myer's Brigg test on line and see what jobs would fit your personality. Or, many licensed counselors can test you for the best careers to fit you.
3. Join the military. This is a great way to prepare yourself for your future, you will learn skills that will help you the rest of your life, money towards a college, and self discipline. Also, career military is not a bad option - and you get to retire in 20 years! Better than the business world!

Before going for any of these things. Think long and hard about what is important to you, how much money do you feel you need to make, what kind of job would you like? Most importantly, of jobs that would actually support you, which would you enjoy the most?

Good luck to you!

Answered 9 years ago

Mary Peacock