College dreams are not what they used to be.
Up until this year, high school senior Jason Neuharth, 18, was set on attending a technical school in his home state of Minnesota. “I was adamant on going to college- this was going to be my future,” he said.
But the last 12 months of largely staying home and attending school in person only a few days a week left Neuharth with lots of time to reconsider, he said. “I grew up with not a lot of money and that was a fear of mine- the money,” he said. “I would not be able to feasibly pay for college.”
Instead, Neuharth enlisted in the National Guard with an eight-year commitment. “This second option, this get-out-of-jail-free card, which was the military, seemed like a no-brainer.” A year into the coronavirus crisis, many high school seniors have dramatically changed their expectations about the future. Read more…