As the title suggests, I need your help. I've just been rejected from my top choice of college. It made me think about my life, what I want to do, and if college is really right for me. I have good grades, take advanced courses, and got a fairly good SAT score. My question is, what are some of the alternatives to college and how can I research them. Military -> Officer and Mechanical Engineering? Trade Schools? Appretinceships? Please help, as I feel the current college system seems like a debt trap, and feel as if I need to weigh my options. Open my eyes!

Ps. I don't mind working with my hands, and have been told I'm very creative in a practical sense (think engineering-esque and the such)