A year and a half ago I made the best decision of my life and also the scariest one. I decided not to go back to college. I realized my first year there was a waste of time and was honest enough with myself to say “I don’t need this.” There are three reasons why I didn’t go back.
The first reason is that it was holding me back from thinking for myself. The teaching style in college right now is “you don’t know anything, so, instead of thinking and figuring out solutions, you should go see what other people say.” This is the worst possible way of thinking. For example, in college I was given poor marks for coming up with a solution to a marketing problem that wasn’t in our textbook. But that’s a whole different article. (Coming Soon).
The second reason I didn’t go back to college was because it was expensive. Not only was I paying tuition but I had to use borrowed funds to pay for my food and rent. College is a business. Just like porn and Facebook. The main purpose of college is not to educate, it is to make money. The main purpose of porn is not to please people but to make money. The main purpose of Facebook is not to connect people and enrich their lives by doing so – it is to make money. So, what’s the best way to make money as a college? Make it mandatory that each student takes X amount of courses they don’t need and fool them into thinking they need 4 years to learn something they could learn in 8 months. It’s a scam and a poor investment. Graduating with student debt puts us under pressure to take jobs we don’t want.
The third reason I didn’t go back to college was because I wasn’t being pressured by family and friends. I’m a lucky one. My mother didn’t disown me because I dropped out. She embraced it. She said “you’re a smart kid. You’ll figure something out.” I’m lucky. Most people aren’t. Most college kids’ parents are pressuring them to study because they think it will pay off. They have the best intentions for their children but they’re simply misinformed. As an aspiring college dropout – don’t get upset if your parents give you resistance. It’s coming from a sincere place. If you’re a parent with an aspiring college goer – encourage them to think critically about pursuing college.
For me, leaving college has been the best decision I’ve ever made – following my passions and failing and succeeding. I’m an advocate to drop out. If you agree, tell one person today how college is a scam.
If you’re thinking about leaving college to take the path less traveled, and are scared, I’m here to say this: Yes. It’s gonna be scary. It’s gonna suck at some points. You’re going to fail and get discouraged. But, if you can keep your eye set on what kind of life you want – if you can keep learning and stay curious – it’s going to pay off. Everything you want is on the other side of fear.