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.
You are capable of anything you put your mind to. Hustle untill you are living a life you love.