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Toward the end of “Wizard of Oz,” Dorothy gets a mantra, “There’s no place like home.” Repeating the mantra helps her get home. Dorothy had taken the action required to know, “There’s no place like home.” She left.
Those who never leave have no basis for comparing home to anywhere else.
For high school graduates considering college, my advice continues to be: if you have the money, get out of town. Even better, get out of state.
The reason is simple: Young people need to know about somewhere other than where they grew up. They need the experience. That experience will teach them why they want to live in New Mexico, or why they don’t.
This applies only to the sadly small percentage of our young people graduating from high school. Of those who stagger from Albuquerque’s public schools with a diploma, I understand fewer than ten percent leave the state for college – a minority of a minority.
Military service provides the same benefit with some bonuses: One gets paid, serves the country, and, perhaps, later gets support for additional education.
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