Apply for College before my mission?

Should you go to college for a semester before going on your mission? Should you apply to college, get accepted and then defer? The deseretnews brings up a good point in this article.  Now that many can go on their mission right out of High School, it is tempting to just put off even the thought of college until you get home.  It used to be that those that decided to go to college would spend a year there first and then they knew where they were going when they got home.  It has now become a little more complicated…..

One problem with putting the college decision off until after your mission is that there are application deadlines and testing requirements.  More than one missionary got stuck at the end of their mission without having any post mission plans.  It is more difficult to make post mission plans during your mission than it is before your mission.  So decide now, do you want to go to college after your mission?  If the answer is yes, than you should probably contact the college admissions department and see what their policy is on deferment.  If you can apply, get accepted and defer, your stress level in coming home will be a whole lot less.

As the Deseretnews article says “Apply and defer, it is one of the most important things you can do.”

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