The story behind this blog is quite stereotypical; I must say. Growing up, I loved school and I was good at it. Everyone has a niche and academics were mine. I ended highschool with a 4.2 GPA, a report completely comprised of AP classes. In addition to that I worked nearly every day after school at a nursing home. It was tough but knowing exactly what I had to do to get into college, I managed to squeeze a few extra curriculars in there. Eventually I get accepted to all the schools I applied for and in the excitement of acceptance season, I was quick to commit to a nice out of state university. Housing deposit in, schedule done. I’m ready to go & then my financial aid package comes in. Surprise surprise; I got nothing. Well, thats not true, I did get a few academic scholarships but what’s 5,000 a year when tuition is 5 times that? When it comes down to it, taking out the amount of loans I would’ve had to take out to fund my education would’ve been reckless and financially irresponsible. As someone who’s not all that interested in the social aspect of school, I figured I would fare well at a community college and that my friends, is where I realized how
(searching for an eloquent way to say fucked up) ridiculous college is.
Never in my life have I felt more like a carbon copy of everyone else. All through elementary/middle/highschool I was told what I had to learn, I would quickly memorize the material only to spit it back up in the form of a test. I get it, due to time constraints and restrictions put on teachers it’s what has to happen. College is no different, except in this case you’re paying thousands of dollars. It’s essentially a one size all system that already isn’t meant for everyone. While in school you have to buy a ton of books. Hundreds of dollars worth and the thing that gets me about this is the fact that publishers can go into the book, change 2 words and then put that nice little new edition stamp on it. Bye bye resale value! Then you have the pre-reqs, that have nothing to do with your major but of course you have to take these to be considered for your program. These are just the issues that I observed first hand at a community college. Universities are a whole other story. Since universities, do need to make money it’s essentially a rat race to see who can have the most attractive campuses aka who can attract the most students. Gyms, pools, spa’s, coffee shops. All amenities that you may not use hidden in your tuition. I mean those things are put in to benefit students, right? Wrong. As I mentioned before I refuse to deal with student loans. No consumer protection, no thanks. There’s no reason why a person should be able to go out and blow money on who knows and get a second chance but people with school loans, cannot. After all this, there’s not even a guarantee that you can get a job. If you do get a job, chances are you will still require on the job training, proving that a good majority of the time you spent at a higher education institution was unnecessary. Sick, isn’t it?
Now, don’t get me wrong. Education is so so so important. I just think that there’s other ways to educate yourself. Ones that don’t require you to put yourself in shambles. If you’re a person who knows deep down in your heart and soul that you need to become a doctor, a lawyer, a nurse, an engineer or anything that you absolutely need a degree for then by all means, do what you have to do. If thats not the case or you’re just not sure what it is that you want to do, then I urge you to take some time to think about the real ramifications of attending college.
Am I taking a risk by not going to college? Absolutely but for the first time in along time, I think that the risk of not going is smaller than that of doing whatever it takes to get a degree.