Reading the comments of the teenagers who are not going to college reminds that an 18 or 19-year-old is not really ready for, as the Times puts it, real life. They know they’re faced with decisions that will affect their life, but it’s clear they’re a bit afraid of these decisions. I contrast that with what I suppose the college-bounders are thinking albeit subconsciously: Off to college, and I can still play at being a kid another few years; no big real-life decisions for me – yet.