I did [honest] shill for The Institute, especially for our new BSC in Brewing & Distilling, but was also giving advice to (for gawd's sake)
- take a gap year rather than going straight from school to college. Especially if you don't have a clear course in mind. Heck, a lot can happen in a year and you may be able to bypass a marginal college course altogether.
- immerse yourself in college: it's not just the means to an end; it's four years out of your young life and it would be a shame to be miserable for that amount of time just because the ordeal will land you a desk job [or flight-dispatcher, midwife, engineer, teacher, librarian] afterwards
- don't ask me about careers after college. things will change utterly in the next five years. Jobs will emerge and be available that are not invented yet. Jobs that look comfortable and secure now will be replaced by robots. Heck-n-jiminy, the floor on which we stand might be permanently covered in water by 2023. College trains you how to think through and solve problems and manage your time effectively. If you can master those skills then you are a desirable gun-for-hire in any organisation.
- don't over think the decision: success and happiness in college is mostly dictated by the incoming peer group (among whom you probably meet your life partner) and over which you have no control at all at all.
and put it back together without leaving any parts on the floor of the barn - this will win friends and earn money all over the parish back home".