What College Means to Me (boss babe edition)

What College Means to Me…

I apologize in advance if I offend anyone – Not all will agree with me, but this is for those who are just like me. –

This is for all my boss babes.

 

College; such an evil, daunting word. As soon as I reached high school I had to start thinking about college. At only 15 years old, I remember my teachers forcing college prep down my throat. All the stressful conversations of, “what do you want to be when your older?” “What college do you want to go to?” These questions were followed by; making sure I had the highest grades possible, scheduling college campus tours, and filling out multiple scholarships. Not to mention if I didn’t play a sport or join an activity my chances of getting into college were considered “slim”.

Here I am, at 15 -16 years old having to know what I wanted to do with my life 4 years from now. That’s craziness! At 18 I still had no idea… Finally at the age of 23 I am realizing what it is I want to do with my life and I know,

I don’t want to go to college.

Go ahead, call me crazy, tell me I am wasting my time, make sure to let me know that I won’t be successful without a degree. Then I will make sure to politely let you know that you are wrong. I will not be defined by a piece of paper. There are SO SO SO many successful entrepreneurs who do not have a college degree. I am so sick of others degrading and putting others down because they don’t have a college degree.

Yes, higher education is a great thing! Don’t get me wrong. But do I want to go into thousands and thousands of dollars in debt? NO. Do I want to pay off student loans the rest of my life? Absolutely not! There is more to life than paying bills and being the richest person alive. College in my eyes is a money making, taking business. I have to slave my life away to pay off all of the debt that I worked hard for. Then once I pay the debt off, in order to receive a raise they want me to go spend even more money to get my masters.

Let me make this loud and clear,

College no longer guarantees you a high paying job after you graduate! It could take a long time for you to find a job. I don’t want to spend thousands of dollars knowing that it could potentially go to waste. It’s money spent that you have to work your entire career just to pay off, unless you didn’t have to go into debt in order to attend. Don’t get me wrong, if you aspire to be a doctor or engineer, I get that, I understand. Those jobs pay well!

BUT, for me… I don’t want to be a doctor, or an engineer, or a scientist. That doesn’t make me feel happy. I want to be creative, have freedom to travel, see new places, do new things. Everyone is capable of success if they push hard enough. I will continue to try and inspire others who are creative like me, to go after their dreams! College isn’t everyone’s dream. There are too many who force this dream upon those who are uninterested. It’s okay to not go to college. You can still make something out of yourself, if you believe in yourself.

Here’s some background information…

I did go to college at one point, only for a year. The classes I took at the time weren’t making me feel inspired, or excited. My major didn’t fit me. I took a break to try and figure out what I wanted to do. When I went back the second time I realized I was so unhappy. College didn’t feel right. I was wasting money on a career path that I didn’t want. I dropped out again. No, I am not ashamed or embarrassed to say this. I deal with people telling me all the time that I am making a mistake, that I am going to get no where in life with out a degree. Somedays I feel like I am stuck in the same place and that I will never move up in the world but I quickly mute those thoughts.

Do you wanna know why?
I mute those thoughts because they are far from the truth. I know I am going to be successful. One day I am going to make something of myself. I will look back and regret absolutely nothing. I am capable of building a successful future, there is no longer any doubt.

So, let me say this loud and clear. I know what I want and it’s not college.

xx

Ell

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  • This is SO true! College was right for me and the career path I wanted, but it is not a one size fits all. Most entrepreneurs actually don’t fit college, like you (Mark Zuckerberg to name one!). Amazing post, you’re an inspiration!

    • I’m someone who LOVES college (getting ready to start my second masters and my blog is all about thriving in school!) BUT my grandpa always said to get the RIGHT training for the job you want. That might be college, or it might be trade school or an apprenticeship or what not. Also, I am an adjunct professor, and I’ve noticed that too many students take college for granted or just aren’t ready, and so many of us took on way too much debt to get through. When you find something you love to do, eventually you will want to go get more training and preparation (even though there may be some classes that aren’t your favorite!). That training may be college, or not, but even if it is, it might be the community college down the street to get a special certification or learn a skill that will help your business. The piece of paper isn’t what’s worth the thousands of dollars. It is what you learn and what you do with what you learn.
      – The Cafe Scholar and a school addict

      • Completely get that!!
        I would definitely go to college if it wasn’t going to put me so far into debt. I just think there is more to life than paying off debt all your life. Sometimes there is cheaper options which is great! Some simply can’t even get approved for a loan! It’s just unfortunate + unfair in my eyes! I am all for taking needed classes, even if you don’t pay thousands for a degree. Taking necessary courses to teach you the most about your career path or current job is always a great option too! Don’t get me wrong education is important! I just want to make sure everyone knows that you can still be successful without a degree! Too many make it seem like a degree is absolutely necessary when it comes to success + that is just not the case!

  • I love your honesty and braveness to speak out for what you believe in! It’s not for everyone and if you are happy and can make a living without it then good for you! You go girl!!

  • Great blog , I agree with you, a college doesn’t guarantee a career afterwards. I don’t feel bad for not going back after receiving my associates .

  • You really don’t hear words like this every day and it’s so refreshing to hear! After putting myself through a couple years of University and hating every second of it, I left to figure out what I wanted to do with my life. We really are too young to make those decisions at 15, 16, 20! I was fortunate to volunteer at an event that made me realize what I wanted to do. I’m now going into my last year of a college program that feels like it was made for me. But if it wasn’t for those rare people telling me I would be successful with or without a 50-thousand dollar piece of paper, I don’t think I would be where I am today. Thank you for the great words!

  • I absolutely loved this. People don’t realize that while everyone is doing the same thing, they will also be competing against each other for the same jobs! College degree does not equal a rich future, although that’s the sales pitch colleges use. You’re spot on girl<3

  • Some jobs don’t require a degree, but sometimes you are stuck in a position and you can’t go up in the hierarchy, just because you don’t have that piece of paper. It sucks, but it really happens. Hope everything goes well for you 🙂

  • This is the truth! I wish I knew that back then. Now, I end up being in a job that has nothing to do with my degree; plus, I finally realize that I have no passion for what I got my BA degree.

  • This is an interesting post and I hope you’re open to the discus that could ensue on your blog. Lol. First of all, I totally understand where you’re coming from. I have relatives who just didn’t see college as a thing for them or as a path to their achievement. While I completely understand this and some of the points mentioned, I would say many of the other points are debatable and quite frankly, not a good enough reason to “avoid college”. The rhetoric that getting debts and loans is just not worth it is one that’s just overstated and doesn’t frankly hold a lot of water. College isn’t cheap especially in the US (I’m all for education reform in this case) but to completely avoid it because of the cost? Arguable. I’d stop here tho. I don’t want to write an entire essay in your comment section but I’d be glad to dona rebuttal.

    • I understand what you are saying completely! In my case, my goals and dreams can not be obtained through college but rather through me reaching out to others, writing, try to inspire etc. I also can not afford college. I don’t get approved for loans. College is at least over 10K $ a year and most it’s up to 30K$ or more! That’s insane! I have friends who have to pay 2,400$ A MONTH for their student loans and when they got out of college they had pay close to minimum wage at their job. Many are still trying to get approved for a job. For me, college isn’t the path I want to take because I’d rather not waste my time paying off student debt the rest of my life. This may be an option for others which is okay! Everyone has the right to their own journey in life(: I will continue mine without college, for now! Who knows maybe things will change. But for me I see college as a money hungry business.

  • I think what this says to me loud and clear is that none of us have rights to try and dictate another person’s choices. A college education can be a magnificent eye-opener, or a time where you can feel totally out of step with your course, your peers, your educational establishment and the dreams someone thinks you are meant to have.

    I love your determination to choose the right path for you. And to be frank, the critical comments on college education go both ways – there’s plenty of “why are you wasting time at college instead of doing something real?” out there too. Knowing yourself and what works for you is the most powerful way to shape your future.

  • I totally understand this. I’ve changed my career 100 times. I went to school paid so much money in college tuition for a interior design degree. I am a designer no lol! I am a mom who works from home working on my wellness blog and I am the happiest lady because I am doing what 100% am meant to do. Only bad thing is I still have to pay my student loan. Ugh!! Your going to do great if you follow your heart and listen to your dreams

  • Thank you so much for talking about this. My perspective is a bit different. I was excited about college but I was also independent and was working full time. Every time I thought i was doing good in school “life happened” and I experienced set back after setback. However, I have more work experience than most with degrees and therefore tend to make more money. Not having a degree is not as limiting as people try to make it seem. Eventually I want to finish, but I know it’s not in the stars for me right now!

  • What you’ve shared resonates with me. I agree. There are so many people with degrees but it doesn’t necessarily make them skilled or passionate about what they do. I think too much of emphasis is put into attaining such qualifications in some cases. There are many people that are successful without degrees and similarly, there are many with such qualifications that do apply them well.

  • Perfectly put here. I went to college all the way through my masters and then finally got the job in the field I had been studying, only to find out it wasn’t what I had been expecting and couldn’t fulfill my “daily happiness” requirement. I’d go to work and be miserable all day. People need to learn that college isn’t for everyone and shouldn’t be forced down anyone’s throat. Some people are meant for school, others for work, and some whom are lucky enough, are just meant to live. Everyone is unique and should be allowed to stay that way.

  • how i wish i had the confidence you had to choose what i need. but i dint. Blog is so well written and has to be read by all confused high schoolers

  • I do believe in education but it doesn’t look the same for everyone. I believe that EVERYONE should continue to learn and grow however works for them.

  • Very well written. I am sharing this with my adult son. He just decided that college wasn’t for him after a semester. Thanks for sharing such great article!

  • Excellent post! So inspiring! Determination is more important than college. I did attend university and graduated but I noticed that doesn’t translate into a high-paying job, or even a job. I was unemployed for over a year and I realized that determination pays off more than a college degree. I’m not against a college degree, but in some cases it just means debt and it means that after graduating, your job has to pay your college debt. I think it’s important to analyze the pros and cons before starting college…I could go on and on about this, but all in all, great post! Everyone who’s a senior in highschool should read this! Cheers!

  • So great of you to speak out on this! I have always had big plans, and going to college was never part of them. Not for that lack of opportunity. But for many of your same reasons. Sometimes I feel like I missed out on this sort of “incubation” period. Where my friends that DID attend college gained that confidence in adulting and stepped off on a different foot that I did. Idk if that’s true. But I realize that I’m free of a lot of the burden that they carry and that most definitely is something I prefer!

  • I agree with you, and I went to school for 12 years. I have enough credits for a graduate degree, but it’s never been a necessary part of doing anything I really wanted to do. And now, I’m in debt up to my eyeballs. If I had known, I would’ve never gone back. Great post, Elle!

  • I love this! College didn’t fit me either. I have started my own business that is steadily growing and becoming more successful every year. I didn’t need college for what I do. I’m an artist, and funnily enough I DO have people ask all of the time where I went to school. They are always shocked when I tell them I didn’t!