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Getting a College Degree: Why on earth would I want to do that??

Today’s post is a bit more personal in nature.  Ya’ll know I have 4 kids.  My oldest are starting college this week.  The one has always been a super-go-getter; he wants to be a lawyer, much to his mother’s chagrin ( 😉 ).  The other….He is an artist.  And a good one at that.  He’s created his own brand; his graphics are tight, very cool, very desirable pieces.  However,  he’s been pretty tightly focused on the snowboard/skateboard culture most of his life.

This morning he and I had a Discussion.  Getting his financial aid together has been a NIGHTMARE (the FAFSA process does involve a government website, and we know how fabulous they can be.  Not.)  We’ve come down to the last stretch of it, and he thought he’d missed the deadline without the loans getting finalized in time.  This morning he texted me from his bedroom and told me that he wasn’t going to go to college this semester, that he’d rather just be in my financial position.  Which is what got me flying down the stairs to his room to Discuss exactly how Not Desirable that is.

Original Art/Taran Weaver...you can see more of his stuff at https://society6.com/brownbeerd

Original Art/Taran Weaver…you can see more of his stuff at https://society6.com/brownbeerd

A lot of his hangup is this:  Why should he go to college and get a degree, incurring all the student loan debt, to take a bunch of classes that he doesn’t think have any bearing on what he really wants to do?

It’s a fair question, and addresses some solid concerns.  And this is the answer:

My kid has a lot of raw talent, but not a lot of world experience.  He doesn’t know the first thing about business.  He doesn’t know how to relate to people that aren’t like him, because he doesn’t understand their experience or knowledge.  Now mind you, this is a smart kid.  He’s very good at the critical thinking thing, when he’s thinking about things he’s interested in.  But when it comes right down to it, he’s going to need money to start up his business properly.  And you only get money from investors/banks if they have faith that you’re a solid investment.  Banks don’t just give money to hippie kids with “a Dream”–they want to see some credentialing, like a university degree.  Further, going to college will give my very bright son some exposure to those people who are Not Him.  It will expand his way of thinking, improving his art and informing new pieces that may have wider appeal.  It will help him to become a more whole, well rounded person.  And for what he wants to accomplish, he needs that.

Not everybody needs to go to college.  My husband is a truck driver; has been professionally since he was 18. He loves his job.  He makes good money.  He’s done about every job relating to the trucking industry, and he’s good at it.  He did not need a college degree for that.  Someone who wants to become a paralegal can get a tech school certificate.  It’s a great job, and it’s easier to get hired.  You can do a licensed practical nurse program through a technical college as well (getting your LPN–my sister did that).

The take-away from this (somewhat rambly) post is this:  When you’re considering where you want to go in life, you’ve gotta think past the next couple of years.  Yeah, it may be easier to move to Cali and live with other hippies and Make Art, but if that’s not going to get you to the place you want to go in life, probably best not to head that way.

Just things to think about on a Tuesday at the beginning of the school year….Cheshire Cat

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  1. Tim Brewington
    August 25, 2015 at 9:03 am

    If you love what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life. The trade off is finding what you love to do and educating yourself in that area.

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