I expect I’ll know a lot of things when I graduate from college. And right now, the circumstances associated with classes, the job market, and my state of ambition does not allow me to attend school with an open mind and open heart. I am happier studying independently the things I find interesting than being forced to study in depth a few limited subjects. I know it’s picky, but I’m young enough not to have to worry about devoting my life to one thing just yet.
Since dropping out, I’ve felt an incredible sense of freedom. Granted, it’s been only three months, and I had a job lined up immediately after leaving school, but I feel relieved that I am no longer stuck in the box of an educational system. I think in different patterns, on different paths, and with different passions than other students I have encountered, and the freedom to do so is allowing me to discover interests I thought were out of bounds until now. I wish I had taken time between high school and college in the first place to discover this freedom, and I would recommend time away from school to anyone who has been “in the box” all their life.
Some day I will graduate from college, and be very happy with my degree. This step is along the path to graduation, and I could not be happier to have taken the leap.
FYI, funding details, pro/con ideas:
-Paying back student loans plan, $150 a month.
-Currently living in my gracious father’s basement, free of rent.
-Have saved enough for a car of my own. Currently surfing ads.
-I will soon be signing a lease for Sunflower House Cooperative in Lawrence, Kansas. $325 a month, primarily student living to help keep me on track.
-Working as an Optician, a job I don’t deserve. $9.50 an hour.
-Most of my friends are still busy with college right now, which hurts, but relieves the pressure of trying to fit in when I’m clearly on my own path.
-Losing my college slub wardrobe in favor of a “real” wardrobe is more of a pain and more expensive than I thought. Be careful.
-Most of this freedom can be achieved AFTER college graduation. If you’re not doubting your interest in your major, try to stick it out. 2 years ago