Hi, The purpose of this thread is because I'm face, or at least, in a few months, I will be faced with a decision of that sort. I wanted to get people's opinion on their time at college/university. Do you think that if you went in a year or two (or maybe even more!) later, you would have benefited more? Or done things "better"? Or have been more focused...or something else? My country is a commonwealth nation and it follows the English educational system pretty closely. The only difference is that, if one has not repeated or skipped any grades, he/she will get into university at 19. Then, bachelor's degrees are generally 3 years long, with the exception of engineering which is 4. In any case, I'm having second thoughts. Do I really want to go to university next year? In some ways, I sort of know that whatever happens, the most likely outcome will be that I will major in maths or physics (note that there isn't much flexibility in our system and majors are to be chosen in the first year) but I also feel that in some ways, I'm not ready to go just yet. I have so much more to learn. If I stay at school and repeat my last year, I can get the opportunity to better my grades and perhaps, qualify for some kind of scholarship, which means that I can get to go study elsewhere, maybe in the US or Oz. (read: good unis/colleges that are "less selective") And I love travelling. I actually wrote down a pros/cons list of both choices and I can't decide. On the one hand, I'll have to work insanely for the next 3 months and come out with, hopefully decent grades or I repeat the grade and work slightly less insanely for another full year and perhaps get a scholarship. Anyway, I've rambled too much and all I wanted is your opinions about this and of course, *your very own* college experience and if you would rather have done it at a later time than when you were 18.