Instead of going to college next year, Deborah Dunham’s son plans to surf the world. Putting college on hold is the right decision for her son, who loves adventure but lacks education and career goals, Dunham writes in Forbes. College is too expensive to be just for “finding” yourself. Her son will go to college when he’s ready.
In the meantime, my husband and I agree that he should catch all the waves he can.
. . . even though Bradley is already working and saving up for his adventure (we will support his travels, but not fund them), he does still have his eyes on the future. In fact, we spend a lot of time talking about ways to marry his passions and talents—like photography and videography of surfing and travel—with a career.
In some countries, it’s not unusual to take a “gap year” between high school and college for work, travel, sports and adventure. But there’s a risk: Once off the college track, Bradley may never get on it. He could find himself as a beach bum — probably a happy one. Or he could show up at college in a few years knowing who he is and what he wants to learn.