“As a mother and grandmother I feel it is unfortunate to push college starting in the Junior year of high school. Students in other countries often take a “GAP YEAR”. My oldest daughter did not want to attend a local university, and instead she worked a year, then went to a university overseas, and returned later to finish at UW. My other daughter went to a small liberal arts college in CA, then later told me she never felt comfortable there until her senior year. I went to university at 18 yrs but did not really know why I was there and quit after two years. Later, after having more life experience, I went to another university, and then finally graduated from the University of Washington. I remember being disappointed in many classes. i.e. a young man in my Oceanography class when evaluating the class wrote “This class is so poorly taught even the nuns went to sleep.” In American History class I used to think the professor was perhaps blind as he lectured to a crack in the back wall. In fact, I only remember the names of a few teachers who were dynamic. On the other hand, I am grateful for all life-long learning experiences.