When I was a senior in high school I was soooo tired of school. Probably because it got in the way of boys, and dating boys, and looking at boys, and shopping.... so I looked good for boys. And then there was work. I worked from the very day I became legally able to hold a job. At least 24 hours a week year round. Yup, I was one of those girls who wasted all of the opportunities available for a free education.
I graduated from high school. Without flying colors.
I applied to one college, and got turned down for non academic reasons. Then decided I wanted to "take a year off"... then I was for sure going to college. So I played, and moved across country, and played and worked, and worked, and worked...
When I wasn't dating I was working. Obsessively. ...and doing very well? I've never had a problem getting a job, getting promoted, getting a raise, or keeping a job. By the time I was 20 I was making +$50,000/yr, so you can see why I would be hesitant to walk away and go to college, right?
My year came and I was working and engaged to be married to a boy who also had not gone to college.... so the priority then became putting him through college.... for nine years....
A lot happens in nine years. Kids mostly. So I continued to put it off, thinking when my youngest was about ready to start school THEN... then... I would go to college.
And so my youngest started school, and... I went back to work. I know. really? What can I say, the economy was down.
So now I'm sitting here. Sincerely embarrassed when anyone asks me where I went to college... It just happened last week. I was on a business trip meeting with an attorney and a CFO to settle a lawsuit and was asked if I went to Boise State.... I feel so guilt, but I just said "um yeah..." I did technically fill out the enrollment papers and send them in once...
I have a hard time with the concept of college. Do I think I could benefit. YES. Without doubt yes.
Do I think I'm going to be very successful in my career without going to college. Yes.
Does everyone who goes to college have the opportunity to have a very successful career? NO... definitely no. There is definitely something more important than a higher education that simply can't be taught... it can be learned, but the individual has to seek after it... you can't teach it to someone.
The secret? A strong work ethic, drive to succeed, and a sharp mind.
I am convinced those three qualities will get you farther in life than anything else. I am convinced that with those qualities it's possible to learn everything that can be learned in college... eventually.
I am convinced that some people graduate college absolutely no better off than when they entered.
It's beginning to sound like I don't believe in higher education. Nothing could be farther from the truth.
I'm just saying that a higher education isn't enough on its own.
I still want to go to college. Thinking about quitting all my second jobs and actually doing it.. starting... I know I've said that before.... I just really want the piece of paper. I haven't quite figured out what I would actually study but I'm thinking engineering.
Should I do it? let me know.. if you've gone... didn't go... going... whatever.