« on: April 20, 2010, 09:16:45 PM »
I suppose it really depends on an individual's maturity. I have always been mature for my age (or so others tell me), but I think I gained a lot of personal independence when I was 17, which made me much more capable of handling college. I had a lot of problems during my first three years of high school that didn't resurface in college, and I definitely believe my senior year of high school helped in that transformation.
I don't always understand parents who push their kids to start college at very young ages. It can't be easy being significantly younger than anyone else on campus, and you need to be mature enough to take the initiative to study on your own, wake up and go to class, and simply handle the issues that arise in college. I'm a firm believer that a strong college experience will educate people both academically AND socially.