I'm Tired Of People Telling Me College Is A Waste Of Money

I'm Tired Of People Telling Me College Is A Waste Of Money

I'm living my life the way I want to, and it's none of your business how I do it.

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Recently, I started at a new job. As I was talking with a coworker, he asked what I was going to school for. I replied with, "Oh I'm double majoring in English and Media and Cinema Studies." He then replied with, "Oh, two things you don't actually have to go to school to do."

Excuse me?

I mean, of course, I can read, write, and talk about films without a college degree, but that does not mean I'll be qualified for a job within my field. All the years leading up to college have laid the base of my education, but attending a university is about refining those skills and specializing within my field. Besides, how many successful authors do you know that have not received a degree in some literary field? However, I must clarify. This coworker of mine did say that well, going to school is okay if you're going to be a teacher. If I don't need a degree to be a professional within the literary world, why do I need a degree to teach others about the same things I apparently already know?

I'm just so tired of people undermining the choices of people who attend a college or university for a creative degree. Yes, it's possible to make a name for yourself without a degree, but the same thing is true for many degrees. However, just because you are well-known and people like your product does not make you knowledgeable or technically correct in your practice.

With an ever-expanding, competitive job market, I'm going to take my chances by obtaining my degrees. And, hopefully, I won't spend my time in the future making my coworkers feel bad for doing something I never had the balls to do myself.

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To All Incoming Freshmen, When You Get To College, Please Don't Be THAT Freshman

I am pretty sure we all know who I'm talking about.

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As we are all counting down the days to return to campus, students are looking forward to meeting new people and reuniting with old friends. And then, there is the freshman.

We have all been there. The eagerness and excitement have been slowly building up through months of summer vacation, all waiting for this moment. I understand the anxiousness, enthusiasm, and insecurities. The opportunity to meet new people and explore a new area is very intriguing. But let's be real, you are here to make memories and get an education. So here are a few pieces of advice from a former college freshman.

1. Don't be that freshman who follows their significant other to college

This is the boy or girl who simply can not think for themselves. The 17-year-old puts their own personal goals and interests aside to sacrifice for a six-month high school relationship. This will more than likely end at an end of semester transfer after the relationship has been tested for a month or two in college life. So if you want to really enjoy your freshman year, make your own decisions and do what is best for you.

2. Don't be that freshman who lets their parents pick their major

"You are not going to school just to waste my money."

This is a statement you might have heard from your parents. As true as it might seem, this is definitely not a good way to start your college years. If you are not majoring in something you can see yourself doing, you are wasting your time. You can major in biology, go to medical school, and make the best grades. But if deep down you don't want to be a doctor, you will NOT end up being a good doctor. When it comes to picking your major, you really have to follow your heart.

3. Don't be that freshman who gets overwhelmed with the first taste of freedom

Yes. It is all very exciting. You don't have a curfew, you don't have rules, you don't have anyone constantly nagging you, but let's not get carried away. Don't be the freshman who gets a tattoo on the first night of living on your own. Don't be the freshman who tries to drink every liquor behind the bar. Don't be the freshman who gets caught up being someone that they aren't. My best advice would be to take things slow.

4. Don't be that freshman who starts school isolated in a relationship

I'm not telling you not to date anyone during your freshman year. I am saying to not cut yourself off from the rest of the world while you date someone. Your first year on campus is such an amazing opportunity to meet people, but people are constantly eager to start dating someone and then only spend time with that person.

Be the freshman who can manage time between friends and relationships.

5. Don't be that freshman who can't handle things on their own

It is your first year on your own. Yes, you still need help from your parents. But at this point, they should not be ordering your textbooks or buying your parking pass. If you need something for a club or for class, YOU should handle it. If you're having roommate problems, YOU should handle it, not your parents. This is the real world and college is a great time for you to start building up to be the person you want to be in the future, but you can't successfully do that if your parents still deal with every minor inconvenience for you.

6. Don't be that freshman who only talks to their high school friends

I know your high school was probably amazing, and you probably had the coolest people go there. However, I believe that college is a great time to be on your own and experience new things. Meeting new people and going to new places will allow you to grow into a more mature person. There is a way to balance meeting new friends and maintaining friendships with childhood friends, and I am sure you will find that balance.

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