Opinion Analysis

Monday 23 October 2017

Better to wait than to waste first year

They may have the points but some young people are shockingly ill-prepared for college, writes Celia Larkin

'Maturity is achieved when a person postpones immediate pleasures for long-term values.' -- Joshua L Liebman

THE mad rush for college places has begun. Parents are adding up points, wondering will their son or daughter get their first choice, what college should they go to, where will they live? Websites and newspapers are checked for offers. Colleges and sites are checked for accommodation. Bank balances are stretched to the limit.

But hold on, has anybody thought about whether the teenager is ready to take on the responsibility of living on their own? Feeding themselves, looking after themselves, attending lectures and knuckling down to study, all without the supervisory and nurturing role of a parent or the kinship of teachers and peers built up in secondary school.

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