“What’s your major?”, “Where do you see yourself in 10 years?”, “Where are you planning on transferring to?”
These are all questions that I’ve gotten more than once because of college. I mean, don’t get me wrong, if you’re in college pursuing your goals, that’s great and those questions may not disturb you at all. Follow those dreams. 😉
But for me, college wasn’t something that I ever wanted to do. Growing up, I actually dreaded having to prep for the SATs and just the thought of going to college scared the heck out of me. I ended up just skipping the SATs because who really needs that extra stress?? Not me! I just wanted to be done with school.
But I ended up at my local community college while I was still in high school, and I started juggling two class loads at the same time. Anyone who knows me at all knows that this was a bad idea. I don’t juggle anything well. Something was bound to go wrong.
Well, I’ve been at this college for a really long time now because I dawdled. Now that I only have one semester left, and after I’ve changed my major twice, I’ve come to the realization that college really isn’t for me. I know, big leap right? I should get a prize or something.
I’ve been an A student my whole life, but I’ll admit that this last semester I’ve let my grades slip a bit. I don’t even care about it. It’s draining and I don’t see a point to it. I have an older sister who once told me, “You can be book smart or you can be life smart.” I don’t usually agree with her on things but this really stuck.
I don’t think that academics is the most important thing that life has to offer. Like anything, academics has it’s place. But it tends to be placed above everything else these days and I don’t think that it necessarily should be.
I don’t think that it’s really fair for people to just assume that college has to be the next step, because it doesn’t. What about trade schools? What about the internet?
There are alternatives, people! College isn’t for everyone and it’s definitely not the answer for everything. College takes money, college takes time. Why spend all your money on college and get into debt and spend the rest of your life (or most of it) paying that off only to have ended up in a field that you might hate and have no passion for at all?
I want to do something that I love doing. I want to pursue my dreams. I know it won’t be easy, but it will be worth it. I have so many interests that picking just one to pursue as a career through college isn’t the way to go for me.
For instance, I would love more than anything to blog full-time at some point. That definitely doesn’t require a degree. I’d like to start a YouTube channel and get into photography/videography as a hobby, and those are things I don’t need a degree for.
I’m not bashing the institution of college, I do think that it’s the right fit for some people. But I don’t think that it should be the generic “next step.”
I’m also not bashing education or learning in any way. I love to learn. I think a proper education is important. I don’t think that a higher education is always key though.
I’ve prayed about this a lot and I really believe that God is leading me away from college. I will be taking an extended, if not permanent, leave from school when and if this semester ever actually ends. I need to regain focus and clear my head and figure out where I’m going and what I’m doing. I also need to work more, because I’ve noticed that money is kind of important.
Anyway, this was pretty much just a rant, but thanks for reading along with me. I hope you liked it. Till next time, you guys are awesome.