A couple of mornings ago I was listening to the morning news on NPR and the President's voice came on, he was talking about how last year the United States had more people graduate from college than ever before and that the children were doing better on standardized test than they have in recent years...yada yada yada. After he stopped speaking another man came on and said that although that is true we are not competing well with other countries.
I am not going to quote too much because I won't get it right but the point was that our country as a whole is not doing well as far as education goes, which is probably true and I am definitely one to contribute to the statistics. You name it, I've dropped it. I went to college for 4 years, dropped out 3 times and I still don't have a degree.
First before I get into this, I want to state that college is good. It is really good and I know that it is absolutely necessary in our society. I love doctors, lawyers, teachers, nurses, and anything that needs lots of education. I just think there has to be other options that don't make you feel like a loser on the way.
The system that is in place is very rigid and if you don't fit the mold than you could be considered a failure. If you have other plans, then people question you, they question your intelligence or your work ethic. I'd be rich if you paid me a dollar for every time I heard "when are you going back to school?"...it mostly came from people that had no interest in my life so you know what I did...I started lying to people that I didn't know. I told them I graduated. They would smile and go on their way and I would go on mine. It worked out for the best. So at the end of my education experience, I became a failure AND a liar with pocket full of debt.
The problem when I was in school was that I didn't know what I wanted to do and there was not a single class that stimulated me, not a one. I hate fluorescent lights and I like to learn in a hands on environment so obviously college was not my cup of tea.
Once I decided that I wanted to open a coffee house it was on. That's all I needed was a goal. Someone handing me a piece of paper at the end of a college education didn't get me excited enough to work for it but having keys to a coffeehouse did. So on I went, I didn't care if I didn't have those keys until I was fifty! The thing is, even though I will never have a bachelors degree, I have opened a business and believe me, that's worth four years of education.
So the point of this post is that if college isn't for you, don't worry about it...find what is and fight your tail off for it.
That's what I like about our country. We are a bunch of fighters not failures. What I see currently is a bunch of people rebelling against the system and saying "I am going to do what I was created to do!" Whether it be writing music, art, baking, leather goods, sewing, farming, sports, teaching, counseling, designing, interior decorating, flipping houses, fighting for injustice, praying, raising children, loving people, nursing, ski lessons, starting music festivals, climbing mountains, opening a business...
WHATEVER IT IS JUST ROCK IT TIL' YOUR SOCKS FALL OFF.
And if all else fails just tell people you have your degree. wink wink.
Posted on Thu, February 12, 2015
by Mallory Woods