Should I Have Skipped 4 Years Of College And Gone Straight Into A Creative Career?

Should I Have Skipped 4 Years Of College And Gone Straight Into A Creative Career?

Is a piece of paper and $100K in student loans worth it when your passion exists outside of STEM?

All my life, I grew up knowing I would graduate high school and move onto college immediately after. Be it the combination of my parents' wishes for me and my uncle leaving for college when I was in elementary school, college was never an option. It was what I was supposed to do, no question about it.

I am in my third year of college and am technically a senior in credits. This semester I changed my major — again. This time, I really thought I knew what I was doing. I could work my butt off and take three 18-credit semesters (and an 18-credit summer) and graduate on time in May 2019. My new advisor did not think I could do it, but I did the math and I was ready.

It is week six of the spring semester. I have less than a year and a half left of my undergraduate career left and — I am lost and confused and so, so scared for the future.

I have always been in-tune with my creative side. From constantly being engrossed in a fantasy novel as a child and writing my own short stories, to now being the EIC of Odyssey at WSU, working a YouTube channel, writing fanfiction for the internet, and writing my own music, creativity has always been a constant in my life.

When I first went off to college, I was torn between journalism and criminal justice. Journalism would allow me to write, but crim j would allow me to save lives!

Week one, I learned my "dream job" as a forensic scientist didn't actually exist outside of "CSI" and "The X FIles." I stuck with it a while but eventually switched to communication. More specifically, I became a journalism student.

Journalism was ... alright at first. I loved the introductory communication classes and being creative again. But then, I began my journalism classes and grew to hate the practice. Nothing against journalists or aspiring students — the field just is not for me.

So I changed to public relations! Which sucked! Just as much!

Week one of spring semester: I discovered DTC, which stands for digital technology and culture. To me, it is as if every English, communication, design, writing, and publication/media course had a love child and created DTC.

Where does this leave me and why does this path of what many say "typical" college kids go through?

Right now, I do not see the point in pursuing this degree or any other at a collegiate institution.

Hear me out.

College can be incredible, and for many practices, you most definitely need a degree. I do not want Jo Blo from Emmett High School performing open-heart surgery on me without a medical degree and hours in the field practicing.

But for a creator? For someone, like me, who wants to take their art form and put it into the world?

What is college doing for me other than drowning me in debt? I could very well attend a writer's workshop and get all the help I need for far less cash than attending a 16-week course costs. I could use my money to travel the world and learn from others who are professionals in my fields of interest. I could put more energy and time into my passions, rather than into mastering how to b.s. another essay — a skill I have developed rather quickly and fluently, might I add.

At the end of the day, graduating from college might be the key to figuring out my career. It very well could lead me to the path I have been searching for my whole life. I have met incredible people and gained experiences I would not trade for the world.

Still, I cannot help but think graduating from college could just leave me with a framed sheet of paper and more than $80,000 of student loans to my name, following me forever.

It is too late to explore the what if's of me not attending college, but it is something to think about before signing away your financial future for something that may not even help you secure a job in the long-run.

Here's to hoping for the best.

Cover Image Credit: Lisa Jordan

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To The Teacher Who Was So Much More

Thank you for everything

I think it's fair to say that most people remember at least one teacher who had a lasting impact on them. I have been incredibly lucky to have several teachers who I will never forget, but one individual takes the cake. So here's to you: thank you for all you have done.

Thank you for teaching me lessons not just in the textbook.

Although you taught a great lecture, class was never just limited to the contents of the course. Debates and somewhat heated conversations would arise between classmates over politics and course material, and you always encouraged open discussion. You embraced the idea of always having an opinion, and always making it be heard, because why waste your voice? You taught me to fight for things I believed in, and to hold my ground in an argument. You taught me to always think of others before doing and speaking. You showed me the power of kindness. Thank you for all the important lessons that may not have been included in the curriculum.

Thank you for believing in me.

Especially in my senior year, you believed in me when other teachers didn't. You showed me just what I could accomplish with a positive and strong attitude. Your unwavering support kept me going, especially when I melted into a puddle of tears weekly in your office. You listened to my stupid complaints, understood my overwhelming stress-induced breakdowns, and told me it was going to be okay. Thank you for always being there for me.

Thank you for inspiring me.

You are the epitome of a role model. Not only are you intelligent and respected, but you have a heart of gold and emit beautiful light where ever you go. You showed me that service to others should not be looked at as a chore, but something to enjoy and find yourself in. And I have found myself in giving back to people, thanks to your spark. Thank you for showing me, and so many students, just how incredible one person can be.

Thank you for changing my life.

Without you, I truly would not be where I am today. As cliche as it sounds, you had such a remarkable impact on me and my outlook on life. Just about a year has passed since my graduation, and I'm grateful to still keep in touch. I hope you understand the impact you have made on me, and on so many other students. You are amazing, and I thank you for all you have done.

Cover Image Credit: Amy Aroune

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