“If you want to get laid, go to college. If you want an education, go to the library.” — Frank Zappa
This is a wake up call to everyone hiding behind college.
I love learning. I’m a huge supporter of constant improvement and development. I’m very curious and interested in how the world works and how things come together. I also enjoy getting wasted with friends. This doesn’t mean that I need to stay in school for all of this to happen. I don’t need to go back to college to drink and learn. I can do that all on my own. I can leave the classroom.
I earned my degree and am done with formal education. I will keep on learning until the day I die. I will keep on learning how to be a better friend, how to workout, how things work, new languages, and so on. I don’t need to spend a fortune on tuition to learn or to drink.
So where am I going with this? I’ve been meeting too many friends that are hiding behind college. The excuses are all similar.
- I can’t launch because all of my time is spent on my research.
- I don’t mind being broke because I’m still in school (despite being almost 30).
- More education will help me.
- There are no jobs in my field.
The excuses all point to one problem. Too many of us are hiding behind college.
So what do you do without college?
I’m actually a huge fan of education. I’m a huge fan of college, learning, and pushing yourself. I just don’t believe that we should all be in college forever! We eventually need to leave and move on with life. We can learn stuff without reading it off a boring Powerpoint presentation.
Without college, there are a million things you could do. We’ve looked at many options for what to do after college. I don’t want to repeat myself, but you can easily get a job, start a business, or do something more productive. Just because you’re not in a classroom it doesn’t mean that you’re not learning. You can be your own professor.
What about finding a job?
If a new education will help you land a better or different job, then go for it!
If expanding on your current education will increase your income, then go for it!
Those aforementioned statements come directly to you from the department of DUH!
Yet so many of our peers are taking random courses and earning degrees for no apparent reason. Why? I’m not sure. They might be afraid of looking for work, they can’t find work, or they just don’t want to leave the comforts of school. I don’t really know.
Don’t stay in school because you can’t find a job or are afraid of looking for one. There are many options if you can’t find work after college. You don’t have to rack up any more debt just to stay in a classroom.
If adding credentials to your resume will directly help you with your income, then you obviously don’t need to listen to the advice in this piece.
Should you follow your passions?
Right now is the best time to make money online. It’s also the best time to learn anything. It’s the best time to do anything.
I don’t have just one answer when it comes to this question. Some of us want to work and make lots of money. Others want to change the world. Some just want to travel and explore. It’s up to you if you want to follow your passions.
I’m constantly looking for answers to this question. A while back I had many of my peers that I respect chime in with their thoughts on life after college. The end result? A bunch of sweet insights that you could use to make the best decisions possible. Don’t say that you didn’t know what to do!
Finally, it’s time to bring everything together now.
So what do you do?
It’s time to destroy your fears. We need to stop being so afraid of everything and just take action. Some action. Any action. Anything beats just sitting around waiting for something to happen. Anything beats staying in school until you’re 30 hoping for something to happen. We can’t just stay in school and think that everything will be okay.
We need to stop hiding behind college. We need to take some responsibility for our lives.
And no I’m not here to push some conspiracy theory documentary on you or anything like that. I just want to open your eyes to the world around you. There’s more to life than just school. The parties are pretty fun outside of college.
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Please stop hiding behind college. You owe it to yourself to make something happen. You can’t just throw out YOLO (you only live once) before a shot of tequila. It also applies to other areas in your life.