Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Skipping out Angela's Not Going to College. Her Parents Are Freaked

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Skipping out Angela's Not Going to College. Her Parents Are Freaked

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Eighteen-year-old Angela is an attractive, well-adjusted member of her senior high school class, even though her grades are below average. She's well liked, doesn't take drugs and has a positive outlook about the future.

But still, Angela's parents admit they are "worried sick."

If Angela had gone to them saying she was taking cocaine, having a nervous breakdown or was pregnant, they would not have been as shocked as they are at what she has now brought before them.

Angela refuses to go to college.

It's a decision that is totally alien to her high-achiever, well-to-do parents.

"Now get this straight," says her mother, a lawyer. "We are thrilled she is not into drugs or having a baby at her young age - that's not what I'm talking about. It's just that that is something we've seen other parents go through. We thought that could be a possibility with any young person today. We were prepared."

The mother says she and her husband, an investment counselor, have always placed the highest emphasis on education. Their son is now in law school.

"Angela has never liked school," says her mother. "But she's always been popular and had a good time in school. She's made only marginal grades, but she passed.

"Everyone in both our families have always gone to college. It's unbelieveable that our daughter is so vehemently against it. We are appalled. She doesn't understand how her whole life could be changed. We've always stressed how important it is to take care of yourself, have a good job that will get you through no matter what.

"She has always been given everything. She doesn't realize how difficult it will be to go through life on minimum wage. We aren't asking her to go to Harvard - just to a school that will give her a chance to earn a good living."

These parents are not alone in their disbelief. Mothers and fathers all over the country are finally coming to grips with the fact that their children are not chips off the old blocks. …

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