Thursday, 16 September 2021
Mark Thomas

Mark Thomas

Mark Thomas - The editor and big chief of The Dubrovnik Times. Born in the UK he has been living and working in Dubrovnik since 1998, yes he is one of the rare “old hands.” A unique insight into both British and Croatian life and culture, Mark is often known as just “Englez” or Englishman. He is a traveller, a current affairs freak and a huge AFC Wimbledon fan.

Email: mark.thomas@dubrovnik-times.com

Every year 33% of students choose to drop out of college in the US. Many people would think that it's a terrible idea, considering how much time and effort students have spent to get into college in the first place. Add to it the benefits of higher education and the prestige that comes with it. 

Yet, if you look at it from a different perspective, dropping out of school is a legit option. We all know the inspiring success stories and achievements of former dropouts. Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Jack Dorsey, Mark Zuckerberg, and Michael Dell left college to follow their dreams and managed to build multi-million dollar companies. 

Do all college dropouts make it big? No. It is a huge decision that will affect your future in many different ways. So before you make it final, consider all consequences of dropping out of college. 

Why Do Students Drop Out of College?

Reasons why students leave college can be diverse 

cost of tuition;

inability to balance work and studies;

lack of academic or family support;

unexpected physical or mental health problems;

poor preparedness for academic challenges;

wrong choice of major;

need to support or care for a family member;

lack of discipline or motivation.

Dropping Out Doesn't Mean You'll Never Get a Degree (but it might be harder)

If you have a good reason to drop out of college, it doesn't mean that you'll never get a degree. You can apply for college at any point and continue your studies. The most important thing is to have motivation and clear goals. 

Many people even benefit from getting several years off college. They spend this time gaining important life experiences that can serve them in the future. While taking a break, you can travel or join the workforce. Regardless of what you choose to do, it's a perfect time for self-reflection and figuring out your future, whether academic or not. 

Yet, young people are encouraged to apply for college right after high school for a reason. At this point, they can still make studies their first priority. In contrast, going back to college after a long break might be difficult. You will probably have a full-time job, family obligations, and some established routines. It might be much harder to include classes in your new schedule. Luckily, you can get academic help and find professional writers who will write my essay for money. It'll eliminate the need to make sacrifices and save you some time for work and social life.

Be Ready to Face Financial Consequences

Think about the financial side of dropping out of college. College is a significant investment. Students either get financial aid or pay by themselves. In fact, many people drop out just because they don't want to take student loans and increase their debt. However, if they quit school, they still have to pay their loans back. Without getting a degree, it's a wasted investment. 

Besides, unless you have a winning business idea, your earning potential won't grow like it could with a degree. According to NCES, in 2018, the median earnings of bachelor's degree holders were 57% higher than the earnings of people who completed only high school. The difference in median annual earnings between high school completers and people with some college education but no degree isn't significant, $34,900 and $36,300 respectively. Of course, this is only statistics, not a rule. Yet, you can still see the general pattern. 

Absence of a Degree Influences Your Employability

When some occupations don't require a degree, for other professions, it's a must. About 35% of job openings have a bachelor's degree or higher as the main requirement. Usually, these are more high-paying options. Thus, dropping out of college might leave you with limited career options. 

There are a lot of jobs where only your skills matter, not a degree. Why would you spend time and effort earning qualifications you don't need? However, you should also take into account that when some entry-level jobs don't require applicants to have a degree, it might be necessary for promotion. Additionally, your career focus might change, which can make the absence of a college degree a limiting factor in your professional growth. 

Let's Look at the Positive Side

College isn't for everyone. It's a great opportunity, but there are also a lot of options to lead a successful life without formal education. We're taught to believe that college is the next step we take after finishing school. In reality, there's a world of opportunities that you can take instead of going to college. 

Skipping college might be your best decision. It gives you the freedom to follow your dreams and the luxury to do whatever you want. Besides, you won't waste time or money on the major you don't like. Instead, you can redirect this substantial investment of your resources to something you're passionate about. 

Don't worry about missing the college experience everyone talks so much about. By joining the workforce, traveling, volunteering, meeting people, and trying new activities, you get valuable opportunities for personal and professional growth. 

Key Takeaway

Dropping out of college is a two-edged sword. This tough choice can bring both positive and negative consequences. You should be sure about your goals and true motivation to take the risk. This decision can't come to you lightly. Question everything: your goals, resources, preferred career path, and value of formal education personally for you. And most importantly, be honest with yourself.

The European Union has achieved its first goal of mass vaccination against Covid-19 in a major symbolic milestone, the European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said on Tuesday.

"Seventy percent of adults in the European Union are fully vaccinated. And that's more than 250 million people," Von der Leyen said in a short video statement, describing it as a “great achievement.”

"But the pandemic is not over and we must remain vigilant," she said, urging more Europeans to get vaccinated quickly to avoid a new wave of infection and the emergence of new variants.

The Union also needs to help other countries get vaccinated, she added, "because we will only defeat this pandemic if we defeat it in every corner of the globe."

The European Union's vaccination campaign started at the end of 2020, and the Commission's goal was to vaccinate 70 percent of people over the age of 18 by the end of September. Croatia is still aging behind the European Union average with only 51 percent of the adult population vaccinated.

 

The National Civil Protection Headquarters has released new data on the Covid-19 situation in Croatia.

In the last 24 hours, 668 new cases of Covid-19 infection were recorded, and the number of active cases in Croatia today is a total of 3,214.

Among them, 423 people are in hospital, of which 53 are on ventilaors.

Unfortunately, a further 3 people died.

Since February 25, 2020, when the first case of infection was recorded in Croatia, a total of 373,998 people have been infected, of which 8,334 have died, a total of 362,450 people have recovered, 465 recovered in the last 24 hours.

There are currently 7,432 people in self-isolation.

To date, a total of 2,543,996 people have been tested, of which 9,610 were tested in the last 24 hours.

As of August 30, 3,264,851 doses of vaccine had been consumed, and 42.46 percent of the total population and 51.00 percent of the adult population had been vaccinated. As of August 30, 6,812 doses of vaccine were consumed, of which 3,595 people were vaccinated with the first dose.

 

It looks like being a busy September in Dubrovnik this year with Dubrovnik Airport reporting that the first two weeks will see the city connected to up to 50 international destinations. From the 1st to the 15th of September the flight schedule of the Dubrovnik Airport is just as busy as the main tourist season.

September, the start of the post-season, is usually a busy month and a month of change in Dubrovnik with the demographic of guests changing from families to couples. And this September looks like being a boom month for tourism with hotels seeing solid bookings.

Although Dubrovnik was one of the hardest hit airports last summer and did not have a significant number of air operations and passengers, this has changed this summer season, so the good news is that Dubrovnik will be connected to as many as 50 cities in Europe and the world from September, reports Croatian Aviation.

Last year in the same period, the airport had an extremely small number of weekly operations and routes, which was a direct consequence of the early end of the summer season due to the pandemic.

In the first half of September, Dubrovnik Airport will have a direct connection to many cities in Europe, but there are also lines to Istanbul, New York and Moscow. Dubrovnik is the only airport in Croatia that has overseas (long-haul) routes this summer season.

Dutch KLM continues to operate daily between Amsterdam and Dubrovnik, Croatia Airlines operates from Dubrovnik to Munich, Athens, Frankfurt, Osijek, Paris, Rome and Zurich, Vueling to Barcelona and Rome, Iberia daily to Madrid, British Airways twice daily to London, Turkish Airlines four times a week to Istanbul, Polish LOT to Krakow, Poznan and Warsaw, and the list goes on and on.

 

In the Dubrovnik-Neretva County, 24 new cases of coronavirus infection have been recorded in the last 24 hours.

These are 12 males and 12 females: ten from Dubrovnik, three from Korčula, Metković, Ploče and Župa dubrovačka and one from Konavle and Lumbarda.

Ten people made a full recovery: six from Dubrovnik, two from Konavle and one from Metković and Župa dubrovačka.

In the last 24 hours, 663 samples were processed, and since the beginning of the pandemic, a total of 122,927 samples have been analysed.

28 people tested positive for coronavirus were hospitalized in the Dubrovnik General Hospital.

There are 492 people in self-isolation, and in the last 24 hours there have been no cases of violation of the self-isolation measure.

 

The Croatian Prime Minister, Andrej Plenković, commented on the Covid-19 situation across the country and stated that “If we had been vaccinated 80 percent, I would have been the first to abolish all measures immediately.”

The Prime Minister said that the delta strain dominates, but that it has been shown that those vaccinated are much more protected than those who are not. And the Prime Minister continued to emphasize that vaccination is the way to protect the country and that anyone who wants to be vaccinated can do it.

He added that “We are pleased that practically the entire summer season has remained orange according to the European centre for disease control map, which has enabled an extremely good tourist season which, according to the Ministry of Tourism, will be between 70 and 75 percent of the record 2019. This is especially important for revenue and for our economic recovery.”

And as far as the economy is concerned he also commented about the good data for the second quarter, in which GDP saw a growth of 16.1 percent. "When we put it in the context of the highest average salary ever in Croatia, over 7,100 Kuna, never higher employment, never lower unemployment, then we can look with optimism at Croatia's economic recovery as soon as possible and that is the basic task of the government."

 

The Irish low-cost airline Ryanair is launching nine more new routes from Zagreb Airport this week, reports Croatian Aviation.

This week Ryanair will launch all the routes announced in the "first wave" and will significantly increase the number of weekly operations to and from Zagreb Airport.

Ryanair has already launched regular flights on 6 routes, from Zagreb to Brussels Charleroi, Milan Bergamo, London Stansted, Sofia, Rome Ciampino and Gothenburg, and this week 9 more international routes will start operating.

These new routes are:

Oslo (Torp Airport), from Wednesday, 01.09., Twice a week, Wednesdays and Saturdays.

Paris (Beauvais Airport), from Thursday, 02.09, twice a week, on Thursdays and Sundays.

Karlsruhe, from Thursday, 02.09, three times a week, on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

Dortmund, from Friday, 03.09, twice a week, on Mondays and Fridays.

Memmingen, from Friday, 03.09, twice a week, Mondays and Fridays.

Frankfurt (Hahn Airport), from Friday, 03.09, three times a week, on Mondays, Fridays and Sundays.

Dusseldorf (Weeze Airport), from Saturday, 04.09, twice a week, Tuesdays and Saturdays.

Podgorica, from Saturday, 04.09, twice a week, on Tuesdays and Saturdays.

Malmo, from Saturday, 04.09, twice a week, on Tuesdays and Saturdays.

With 9 new lines starting this week, Ryanair will have a total of 15 regular lines from Zagreb.

 

In the last 24 hours, 139 new cases of Covid-19 virus infection were recorded, and the number of active cases in Croatia today is 3,014.

Among them, 427 people are in hospital, of which 55 are on ventilators.

Unfortunately, a further 6 people died in the past 24 hours.

Since February 25, 2020, when the first case of infection was recorded in Croatia, a total of 373,330 people have been infected with the new coronavirus, of which 8,331 have died, a total of 361,985 people have recovered, of which 450 recovered in the last 24 hours.

 

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