who said school is the only option?

it’s that time of year everybody! yes, the day we’ve all been anticipating. its finally come time to get our university pins. funny how that little line consisting of five characters gives you entrance to the rest of your life.

what really gets me is that 90% of this world is filled with people who think that school is the only option. you have to go to school, get a career, and work 45 years in a job that you don’t want, all to contribute to something greater that is supposed to keep our society-based world turning. and if you don’t go to school and head off to do something else, well, you might as well just tattoo “FAILURE” on your forehead, because you’re not comforming with the rest of us heading off to post secondary education.

over the last month or so, i’ve really been trying hard to decide what school i want to go to. and the more i think about it, the more stressed i become, as most of us do. it costs upwards of $70,000 for a four-year degree just to fill our brains with higher knowledge. we are literally paying as much as a downpayment on a house would cost to sit in a lecture hall every day for four years, and most of us aren’t even guaranteed a job afterwards to pay off that huge debt. it just doesn’t make sense why society has all of us (for lack of a better word) brainwashed into thinking that we HAVE to have post secondary education, and we HAVE to get a job that contributes to the greater good afterwards. there is so much of the world out there to see, so many other things you could be doing, and probably learning MORE than what you would learn in a university lecture hall.

what i’m saying is, school doesn’t have to be the only option. yes, it is the safety net after highschool. that’s where all of us want to go, because its safe, you know you aren’t the only one doing it. “getting your life started” shouldn’t mean deskwork for four years and then another forty years at a desk job. it should mean exploring, and learning through experience. the world has so much to offer, but no one gets to see it because we are all so focused on what society sees as “the bigger picture”. i truly applaud those who decide not to go to higher education, because i find that those who don’t, see that there is more to this life than books and pencils. usually those are the ones who change the world.

anyway, that’s my rant for the day. school just isn’t my thing, as much as I love it. the world has greater things waiting for me.


6 thoughts on “who said school is the only option?

  1. So many people probably wouldn’t choose to proceed to post-secondary education if there were alternate ways of making money beyond work. I mean, if many had the choice, they would travel for their whole lives. Unfortunately, it just isn’t practical. Money fuels the world, so people must earn money. That’s just the way it is.

  2. I sometimes wonder if post secondary is really worth it. People say that it pays off in the long run, which I can accept. But the fact is even with a degree and thousands of dollars later, your still not even guaranteed a job.

  3. I agree with this post! There are so many different kinds of intellegence and it’s a shame that more people don’t recognize that! Some are great musicians, artists, writers, innovators etc. We all have to take our own paths and follow our own dreams to be fufilled. We are all so vastly different from one another. Yet, at the same time, we are the same. We want to be loved, appreciated and feel fufilled. We can’t all gain those things by taking the same paths.

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