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Choices: The path we take in higher education can be a life-altering decision

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A study conducted in 2011 by Youth Transition Studies (YTS) revealed that up to 14 per cent of post-secondary students drop out in their first year.

While some of the reasons the stat seemed to be so high was because of high academic stress, inability to meet deadlines or poor study habits, the number one reason students could not commit to University was because the student did not like his or her program.

The pressure to choose a career path directly after high school is a ludicrous suggestion, as many students haven't even discovered their own interests yet; let alone what they should be doing for the rest of their lives. There is an astounding amount of pressure to follow the strict path of graduating school, immediately getting a post-secondary education and then getting a job afterwards in the field that the student studied for so many years. There is an even heavier amount of pressure on the........

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