In the United States, we have set standards of education and the norm of how we go through the educational system. If you ask, most college students will tell you that they attended school from the time they were in kindergarten to where they are currently. There are set requirements that one has to reach in order to move on to the next grade, and when we reach college, it is even more complex than that. Not only do we have requirements that have to be met, but we have to select a specific major where the requirements have already been set in place for you.
I do not think there is anything wrong with going through the motions and sticking with the standard, but not everyone knows that there is deviation from this norm, or that it can be a good thing!
I have gone the non-traditional route from the start. I was homeschooled, along with my two older brothers, until we reached highschool age and we attended the public regional school in our area, and then all chose to go to a four year university following high school.
When I got to Plymouth and decided to pursue interdisciplinary studies, since I had already done a non-traditional educational option, it was less of an adjustment for me.
Going the non traditional route gives me a unique multidimensional lense in my education, and in my future.