We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
This works both ways. There are Canadian universities eager to recruit more students from the US who will pay full "international" rate, but that "high" rate is often a fraction of what institutions of equivalent prestige within the US would charge.
Plus the drinking age is 18.
This is long overdue. Far too many young men and women are racking up huge student loans while pursuing seriously un-employable degrees. Better they went into the trades.
Back in the day, as our offsprings hit high school graduation (and the decree from above in our household was always: you will obtain your high school diploma and you will pursue post-secondary courses [unspecified], and you will have saved enough money to pay the tuition), the crie-de-coeur was always "but I want to be an actor'. Our reaction was brutally simple: "and how do you plan to feed yourself?". Net result: three offsprings who have university degrees in employable fields. Had any one of them gone trades, we would have been supportive; even though at least one offspring insists University was the only option given (and that's the C.A.).
Had it been obvious that the trades were a better option, we'd have pointed the kids in that direction. But NEVER would we have encouraged them to rack up serious debt in 'finding themselves': that's what one does on one's own time while paying one's own way (simplified: get a job and, while paying for rent, food, and extras, have your angst).
Our result: several offsprings all in good jobs, contributing to society. Acting? The CA is seriously involved in a local community theatre society; the siblings go to the productions to jeer and or cheer as appropriate.
well, back in MY day at a west coast prep school, after Prom Night a good number of students would go directly into the coal mines for their first day on the job, tuxes and all. Others would join the foreign legion, the unlucky ones would end up in the Marines, or, even worse, UCLA.