I just turned 19 years old and I would be a freshman, if I were going to college. But I don’t.
Senior year of high school, I decided that going to college wasn’t right for me, that it wasn’t a good use of my time and energy.
Part of that was my hatred of zoom, and knowing that because of the pandemic, I would be paying the same huge in-person tuition bill for an online program. Which sounds pretty scammy.
A bachelor’s degree, which in the US takes four years but often longer to obtain, eats significantly away at both one’s time and resources. It is costly -increasingly more so with each passing year. In our current time, there are so many degrees out there that we’re swimming in Bachelors degrees and they cost more to get than they’re worth.
Plus, there’s this thing called Youtube. Maybe you’ve heard of it? You can find lectures from almost every college imaginable right online. Want to learn what one of the philosophy professors at Harvard teaches? You can watch a video. Want to study science or mathematics taught by someone at MIT, it’s online. There are also places like skillshare, codeacademy and Khan Academy. Go to Duolingo if you want to habla español or even esparanza. You can learn how to sew or do computer repairs on Youtube. You can talk with people of any profession and learn from them how to do what they do. And it’s not gonna cost hundreds of thousands of dollars. If you think you can’t find something, you probably just haven’t looked hard enough.
I come from a family where both of my parents went to college.
Our society gives us everyone much pressure to have a perfect life and to have our entire life figured out. To have a degree and get locked up in a job as fast as possible.
But once that happens, your pretty stuck, you have no freedom. You end up in a cycle of payments. Student loans, car, house, bills.. the list goes on.
I really don’t want that. At least not for now.
I didn’t want to make that type of life altering decision at 18.
I want to be free of payments, free to get a few jobs here and there, save up money and just travel around the world. Stay at random airbnbs, hostels, workaways. Just for the heck of it. Without having to pay a giant pile up of dept every month from everything I got myself into.
I love learning. But I hated school: the tests, the stress, the peer pressure, the teachers, finals, the anxiety
Time flies so fast. We have no clue how much time we have here.
So live your life to the fullest.
Cheers, Sophie Lukin