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[…] to what I could and could not do. Not to let me life be run and dictated by social propaganda. But, when college didn’t work out for me, I was sure that I was destined to live the same life that I had always feared and […]
Your story is so heart warming to say the least, very good inspiration for the youth of today. Just proves that you can always rise and pick up the pieces and still make your life the best you can. Old cliche but still very true, “life is what we make it.” I am glad that you have finally found your niche in this sometimes crazy, wild, but still, beautiful world. Keep it up!
You never know where life will take you and what you are supposed to do. It’s so hard when you are so young to think “what do I want to do when I grow up?” Heck I still say that! Glad you found what your calling was 🙂
[…] I Flunked out of College: One of my most disappointing stories and deepest confessions… […]
i am a firm believer in that there are some people who are oriented toward college and there are some people who are not. i find it ironic, in a way, that people in the medical field, for instance, require so much schooling because they’re the ones who put what they know to practical use, rather than any sort of remotely academic use, like someone who studies English or history, like myself. and if i remember correctly, you worked in a medical setting when you met Josh. do i think you would have done well in college if you had stuck with it? certainly. would it have been your forte? only you really know the answer to that.
my point with all of that is to say that i think we place far too much importance on a piece of paper that looks exactly like a high diploma but has the name of a university and the title of a major instead. especially because i feel like it’s getting increasingly easier to go to college in terms of who will be accepted with what grades and test scores. i told my parents yesterday the vast majority of people in my major going for education just don’t seem as though they spent four years in college or know anything about literature or education or anything they spent those four years in college for. i have said for a while now, in regards to teaching, at least, that the degree either makes you a better teacher if you’re good at it already, or it gives you enough terminology and theory so that you can fake being a teacher if you’re not good at it.
besides, you are doing something you love. and no college degree, in my opinion, is worth giving that up for. my parents, and mom, especially, keep talking about grad school. would a master’s be great? yes. do i entertain the notion of earning a ph.d.? occasionally. do i want to go to grad school for anything but history right now? no. and if i go into a field that doesn’t involve history, i’m not going to break my back over going to grad school, especially since it’s a financial burden i don’t have the ability to shoulder.
i apologize for the novel of a comment. it seems lately that’s all i’m leaving all over the blogosphere! while i feel strongly about the continuance of formal education, there’s honestly been an increasing slide of the quality of that education, and so now, for people who aren’t seeking a career like business or engineering or something academic, a B.A. may well be beside the point. incidentally, i also told my parents history professors should run the world. the history department at my university seems singularly focused on kicking their students’ butts. they are the toughest professors i have ever had in my life, but i think it’s worth it. and i think if history professors ran our education systems, we would see the quality of them rise drastically!
I can’t call this a great story but I can call it a well written one.
I still sense a bit of disappointment, however i do not believe I have ever visited your blog so i could be totally off. Whether you are 18 or 48, it is never too late to go back to school.
I think there will always be a bit of disappointment at the mistakes, but not regret. Disappointment that I didn’t try harder, but not regret because leaving college and changing my direction led me to the place I am today. And I’m 100% happy with that place. 🙂 Hope you enjoyed your first visit! Always exciting to see new faces in the comment section. Hope you’ll come back again! Have a great weekend!
You know…Mark Zuckerberg, the CEO of Facebook, dropped out of college and look where he is now… 🙂
VERY true! I hadn’t even thought of that!