#5. We are young, wild, and free, so let’s work
oung people have the advantage of being young, so let’s do something good who those years while we still have them. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 22.6% of 16 to 24-year-olds volunteered in September of 2012. And while individuals with higher levels of education volunteered more, those with part-time jobs “were more likely than full-time workers to have participated in volunteer activities, 33.4% compared with 28.1%.” While some people sit in a lecture hall listening to what sounds like the adults from Charlie Brown, others are using their free time to plant trees and help the homeless, defining their success in a different way.
There are many ways to determine whether or not your life is successful, whether it’s what kind of car you drive, how much money is in your bank account, or if your neighbor considers you to be a trustworthy, nice person. And you may decide to go to college to become that successful person, but just know you have the option not to, no matter what society tells you.