In the US, almost half of parents in a survey by Civis Analytics in May reported a change in their child’s plans after high school. Among currently enrolled US college students, 17% are either not returning or uncertain if they will, according to another survey by the American Council on Education. In both the US and UK, there are growing calls for new funding for youth community service programs to fight COVID-19 and at the same time absorb those who would otherwise not be studying or employed.
Tara Kripalani, an 18-year-old in Singapore, was hoping to head in the fall to Bristol University in the UK to study biochemistry and live far from home for the first time. “I would like to go to the UK, but my parents are less keen. They think it’s not safe in the UK right now,” Kripalani tells Wunderman Thompson Intelligence.
Her friends are in similar straits: “Everyone’s confused about what to do. Some are leaving. Some are deferring for a year. Some have decided to stay here.”
Kripalani considered enrolling in a local university or taking a gap year. But after Bristol awarded her a partial scholarship, non-deferrable, she confirmed her acceptance. Even so, she may end up doing her first term online from home in Singapore.
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