College is for Suckers!
LOL! Not really but really! More eloquently what I am trying to say is college isn't worth the hefty price tag that comes with it.
This weekend we learned that Malia Obama will be taking a gap year before she attends. BRAVO! I wholeheartedly hope that she becomes the poster child for gap years. This year I am celebrating 10 years out of undergrad, oy vey! LOL! After paying about $80K for my Bachelors degree, about $20K of it I am still paying back, the price of college has skyrocketed even more. At 17 years old I was making this huge monumental decision about what I wanted to be for the rest of my life.
Guess what? I still don't know what the fuck I want do with my life. HAHA! I mean does anyone really know at 17/18 years old? I honestly don't think college is worth the hefty price tag and debt that comes along with it. I really hope that more students are encouraged by Malia Obama and take a gap year or a few years. Use that time to try different careers or travel. If you can't afford to travel, then enroll in a community college for a far more cheaper option while you explore.
God knows my biggest regret in life is financing degrees for a career that I still don't know what I want to do. With the Internet the possibilities for careers have exploded. Today's students truly have the ability to create their own path. I feel like I was stuck between the older generation of "this is what you should do" and what I wanted to do. Here I am 10 years later sick to my stomach that I followed the "this is what you should do path."
I loved my time at Temple University and meet some great people there. However, that degree and this masters degree were not worth the bill that I am still paying to this day. So to every high school student I meet, I impress on them go where the money is and where you can acquire the least amount of debt.
I feel like its is my duty to save those behind me. I hope that when they see a student loan, they just don't do it. Or when faced with the daunting task of college acceptance, they follow their own path, not the one where their elders say what they should do! Times have changed and some degrees aren't worth the paper they are printed on. ::shrugs::