Regardless Of What They Tell You, You Really Don't NEED College

Regardless Of What They Tell You, You Really Don't NEED College

You probably haven't heard this in a while.
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Nowadays, all you hear is "Go to college! Get a degree," or else you will not be successful. Realistically, college just isn't for everyone. Some people cannot sit through a two-hour lecture and retain information. Some are not able to pay thousands of dollars for an education that doesn't guarantee a full-time career. A large mass of people have obtained skills that are demanded in the real world, and they don't need college.

We shouldn't shame those people, we should encourage them.

These people make the world go round. If everyone was to go straight to college, we as a society would be missing so many key roles in the work world. Shame it all you want, but we would be miserable without these hard working men and women! Who would be the (rather glorious) garbage man? That is one heck of a job to have, those people are definitely sacrificing so much for us. What about fire fighters? We NEED those wondrous people.

How many times a week do you go to McDonald's, Wendy's, Chipotle or any other fast food restaurant? It takes months, maybe even years to become a manager in those places. In order to become a manager, employees must go through training and spend endless amounts of time working. That is NOT an easy job to choose to do every day for 40+ hours a week.

Not that we don't need doctors, lawyers, and other degree-dependent personnel but we need to have a balance between the two. Neither should be shamed.

If someone has the opportunity to go to school and become one of the top doctors in the world, then they should do so if that is what their calling in life is. On the other hand, if someone has their heart set on becoming a first-line supervisor or a commercial pilot, then they should follow their dreams and be encouraged just as much as college-attendees.

The only difference between blue-collar jobs and white-collar jobs is the way/place that the job is completed. People also associate wealth with the white collar jobs, which isn't accurate. I know a man whose name I am not going to specify, but he is from my home town. He is one of the wealthiest men in our town and the surrounding towns. He has worked very hard to get to where he is, and it took a lot of dedication to get there-- this man has no college education.

Life isn't entirely about who you know or what you know, but it is about who you make yourself out to be. Putting everything aside, dedication and heart are what make up a successful person. It has nothing to do with your college diploma or current job position — it's about who you are deep down.

Don't let the fire in your eyes die, and go take whats yours.

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22 New Things That I Want To Try Now That I'm 22

A bucket list for my 22nd year.

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"I don't know about you but I'm feelin' 22," I have waited 6 long years to sing that and actually be 22! Now 22 doesn't seem like a big deal to people because you can't do anything that you couldn't do before and you're still super young. But I'm determined to make my 22nd year a year filled with new adventures and new experiences. So here's to 22.

1. Go sky diving.

What's crazier than jumping out of a plane? (Although I'll probably try indoor skydiving first.)

2. Go cliff jumping/diving.

I must be the only Rhode Islander who hasn't gone to Jamestown and jumped off a cliff.

3. Ride in a hor air balloon.

Up, up and away.

4. Try out skiing.

Cash me in the next Olympics, how bout dat.

5. Try out snow boarding.

Shawn White, I'm coming for you.

6. Go bungee jumping.

Because at least this time I'll be attached to something.

7. Go to Portugal.

I mean I'm Portuguese so I have to go at some point, right?

8. Go to Cape Verde.

Once again, I'm Cape Verdean so I have to go.

9. Vist one of the seven wonders of the world.

I mean hey, Egypt's on, my bucket list.

10. Try out surfing.

It's only natural that somebody from the Ocean State knows how to surf.

11. Learn a new langauge.

Because my little bit of Portuguese, Spanish and Latin isn't cutting it anymore.

12. Travel to a state that I've never been to before.

Fun fact: I've only been to 17 of the 50 states.

13. Go paddle boarding.

Pretty boring but I've never done it.

14. Go scuba diving.

I'm from the Ocean State so I guess I should see the ocean up close and personal.

15. Learn how to line dance.

There's actually a barn in my state that does line dancing, so this one will definitely get crossed off.

16. Go kayaking.

All this water around me and I haven't done a lot of the water activites.

17. Stay the night in a haunted hotel room.

I bet if I got my friends to come with me, it would be like the Suite Life of Zach and Cody episode, minus the ghost coming out of the wall but you never know.

18. Get my palms read.

Because who doesn't want to know their future.

19. Go to a medium.

Like a medium that can communicate with people that have died.

20. Take a helicopter ride.

Air plane: check Helicopter:....

21. Sleep under the stars.

Because sleeping in a tent is more like glamping than camping

22. Just to try new things in my everyday life.

Whether it's trying a new restaurant, getting something different at my usual restaurants, changing my usual style, going on the scary rides at amusement parks, and bringing things I used to do back into my life now.

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Pride: A poem

Hell, I still love you.

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The word love

Is a very complex one;

Often times thrown around

far more often than it should be.

I knew the true meaning of love when

I first laid my eyes upon you

You were perfect.

Perfect in ways you could not even yet conceptualize.

I gave you life;

But, you became my life.

Your first word.

Your first day at school.

Moments that made life worth living.

One day you said you felt different;

You didn't feel like everyone else;

You'd felt this way for years

But this feeling was not just a feeling;

It was who you were.

The masses played with video games and played rough sports—

You didn't;

You were delicate.

Far more delicate than other boys.

You may not have played with the same toys,

But, hell, I still love you.

It only seems like yesterday,

You told me you had gone astray

From the normal social stigma

But you are still my little boy,

And, hell, I still love you.

Pride.

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