As you may have saw if you follow me on Instagram or watched my latest vlog, this past Saturday I graduated from college! It’s been a lot of long days and hard work, but I’m so proud of myself for completing it, and excited for what’s to come next in life. I thought I would write a post all about my personal experience with college + my thoughts on college as a whole, and if it’s really worth going.
I know I have mentioned this before, either on here or in a video, but I went to a community college. This means that you only go for two years, and you receive an associate’s degree, or once you’re done you transfer to a 4 year college and complete your degree there. It took me 4 years to complete my degree, because taking 6 to 7 classes a semester was not doable for me without giving up everything else I was doing. Community colleges are also a fraction of the price of a four year University.
There were three main reasons I went to a community college: 1. I knew a traditional four year University was not for me, 2. there was no way I or my parents could afford a four year college without student loan debt, and 3. I had no idea what I wanted to do. I was very fortunate that my parents offered to pay for community college, and it definitely was the better fit for me.
However, when picking what program to study, none of the ones offered interested me. I’m someone who can see myself doing about 20 different jobs in my lifetime and being happy with any of them. My mom had suggested studying business to me, and after looking into it, it turned out to be the best choice. After all, everything in life is a business, and no employer is ever going to look at my business degree and say it is useless.
I ended up graduating with an Associate’s in Business Administration, with certificates in Marketing and other business areas. It was a lot of hard work and there were times where I questioned why I was doing this, but it was worth finishing it. It made me realize that I wanted to start my own business and that I could, and will, start one in the future.
Now here comes my opinion on college. If you’re reading this and you got a college degree, that’s amazing and you should be so proud. But college isn’t for everyone. In fact, most times it’s not needed for what career people end up doing in life.
Neither of my parents went to college. Of course, back then it wasn’t unusual not to go, but they decided to start working instead. And they are two of the most successful people I know. One owns their own business, and the other has moved up the working ladder. It wasn’t always easy for them, but life is hard whether you have a degree or not.
I heard someone make this point once and I thought it was so true. We often ask people where they are going to college, when we should be asking them why they are going to college. Not every career path in life needs a degree, and some honestly aren’t worth going into debt for. In fact, you would be better off not going and making less, than going and making more money, but having all that debt you have to pay off.
To conclude, you know what’s best for you. I’m not saying you should go to college or that you shouldn’t go to college. But with there being so many more resources available online today, take the time to research if what you want to do in life is only achievable by going to college. If you’re unsure what you want to do in life, take some time to figure it out instead of making a huge investment into college. You can be successful with or without it. Amazing people went to college and amazing people didn’t go to college. Life really is all about your mindset. If you’re positive, hard working, and kind, you’ll get anywhere you put your mind to. It will take time, and there will be plenty of tears and laughter along the way, but it’s all about the journey.