Georgia college students like you are often stretching your wings for the first time. With this comes the responsibility that an adult in charge of their own life must have. This means your mistakes will also get treated like an adult’s mistakes.
For some mistakes, you can bounce back easy enough. For others, you may suffer from the consequences long after your time in college comes to an end.
Financial impact of a DUI conviction
The College Investor words it much more harshly. They state they are examining ways that a DUI in college can ruin your college life. A college board may choose to expel you over your DUI conviction, but this is not the only concern you should have.
Even if they do not expel or even suspend you, you could still face brutal financial repercussions. You may lose any financial backing or support the college provided. They may also disallow you from continuing to use on-campus housing. Finding off-campus housing is often beyond the budget of college students. This combination can price you out of attendance.
DUI convictions change your career path
Beyond finances, your career options may also change. There are some industries that do not allow people who have DUI convictions, even if it is a first-time offense. This includes jobs that require a commercial driver’s license (CDL) or ones that work with children.
Your ability to make connections also gets impacted. This is because you must rely on public transportation or ridesharing. This can cause you to miss out on job opportunities, interviews and more. On a whole, it can turn your college experience from a time of growth and discovery to a time of struggle.