The perceived need for college annoys the shit out of me.
I might go sometime in the next decade or so but I can’t stand the idea of being sucked into the one track trajectory. It’s “higher” education; that’s to say, I’ve always seen it as being an extra, a possible add-on to the mandatory years of schooling. Not an essential one. Most jobs that require degrees really shouldn’t, not when college tuition costs as much as it does, and not when you can learn what you need to with on the job training in a matter of days. It’s not that I have anything against continued education in and of itself either, in fact I think it’s a great idea.
Just not to the point of it becoming a new standard, something you have to go through (like high school) just so you can get a half-way decent job. It should be for people with a powerful desire for learning more and gaining skills in something they’re passionate about, but even when that’s the case it often seems to get overshadowed by its role as the first step in a career. It doesn’t need to be about joining the rat race, and it certainly shouldn’t be regarded as necessary to getting a halfway decent job. Something people who think it’s alright the way it is should consider…
That’s another sizable chunk of my life you seem to want me to throw away, and I don’t want to. That’s a chunk of the lives of a bunch of other people, and quite a few of them don’t want to either. The vast majority of them seem willing to do that, but if anyone thinks I’m going to…
They can kiss my ass.
If I go, it’s going to be for something I want.
Not because I feel it’s a necessary bare minimum thing to do, but because it serves a direct purpose in achieving something I want. It has to serve a real, personal purpose, or it’s pointless. Because the conventional reasons don’t count. They’re stupid, mindless normalities that have developed in our culture for whatever reason, and I won’t allow my life to be dictated by that.
The reality is, I lack a “higher” education and can still match or exceed any graduate when it comes to dealing with life, making common sense judgments and decisions, and achieving whatever goals I might happen to have at any given time. College, imho, needs to be put in perspective. It’s not useless, but in the best case scenarios the only purpose it serves is career and skill oriented.
If you want to pursue a specific career, it can be useful in acquiring some of the skills you might need. Even that is limited though, because not all jobs require years of “higher education” to do effectively. I’d go as far as to say even the more “skilled labor” jobs out there, in which a college degree is commonly a prerequisite, can just as easily be done by people via on the job training.
College is great as a means to an end, so long as you have a heartfelt end in mind. Even in that though, it needs to be put in perspective. The current system and cultural valuation of college doesn’t make that easy these days, but it doesn’t make sense to me to approach it any differently. I say go ahead and get a “higher” education, but only if it directly serves your own passions.
Otherwise it’s just a waste of time and money…
A waste of the limited time you get to be alive.