College is a waste of time. Here’s why. Back home in California, there’s a piece of paper stashed away in a room of my parents home.
On that paper reads: Kyle Trouble, Bachelor of Economics.
You know how much that piece of paper cost me? Well, a lot. A lot more than the money it cost to buy the $10 wooden frame at Office Depot. A lot more than it cost to actually print the text on the page. And those are just the monetary values. Nothing to do with time, which we all know is the most valuable thing.
And so whilst I’d never undoubtedly declare that one should or should not go to college, I do have some thoughts on the matter. Take them as you wish.
A BRIEF RECAP
For those of you who don’t know me too well, here’s the rundown of my CV.
- From 14-18, I was working in computer shops; both technical and sales
- (I also did web design on the side)
- I went to college at 18 with the intention of studying computer engineering
- My best friend (10 years my senior, great mentor) got a job at a very good computer data systems company and told me he’d get me a job; and to get any degree I wanted
- I didn’t want to follow my dad in those exact footsteps of getting an engineering degree, so I switched to Economics
- I graduated early (3.5 years) at 21 and started a job where I made $70 in my first year
- I left that company after 1.5 years to work at a think tank where I made close to $100k
- 1.5 years later I left to be a professional blogger
Yes, I needed the college experience to take some of those steps, but actually…I could have cut out steps three through seven and still ended up where I am today. Easily.
Just continuing my high school web design business would have eventually gotten me here.
I could have easily been out of those kids riddled with hundreds of thousands of dollars in student debt instead of a career with no degree that makes hundreds of thousands. I was lucky to escape with only $5k–thank you to my parents generosity and my insane work ethic (a commissioned sales job selling speakers in college was easy peasy money for me).
COLLEGE IS A WASTE OF TIME
First off, college is not like it’s depicted in American Pie. At all.
And yes, having the “college” experience was cool. That part I am glad for. However, I didn’t partake in it. I didn’t drink. Didn’t smoke. Didn’t do stupid shit. I raced on the triathlon team. I was up at 5:00am many days, which meant I was in bed by 10:00pm.
I didn’t have a true college experience, but I can look back now and see why.
Because almost all of them turned out to be total fucking losers. Many of my college classmates are working as baristas, pet stores, or, my favorite–they’re still in school.
Meanwhile, I’ve lived in the two best cities in California, cleared six figures at age 23, traveled all around the world, and started my own business. So looking back, I can’t say that the “college experience” was something I missed out on, anyway. Just being there for the first year and witnessing the madness would have been enough. Hell, maybe even the first month would have satiated my curiosity.
Okay, humble brag over.
BUT, BUT, BUT…
Simply put, I look back at my education now and think…well, college is a waste of time. Sure, it was the “expected” thing to do. Coming from a family of college-educated folk, it was expected I attend university. I would have been shamed otherwise. And there is certainly a lot of power in familial pressure at that age.
While I won’t go as far as to say I regret it, if I were to do it again I would at least think a little bit harder about it. Knowing what I know today–that I don’t want to work for a corporation–I would be hard pressed to find a reason to attend university. It’s that bit of knowledge at the end of the road that changed everything…
With that being said, here is my advice to the young dudes out there.
If you have visions of being a free man, owning a business, and not being a slave to the machine–think long and hard if you want to invest 4+ years and $100k+ into an education. Not that it makes it wrong. And sure, everyone wants those things on paper. Think if you truly want it, because it’s not a life for everyone.
My last piece of advice is this.
Being a slave is never fun. A job you hate is slavery. Student loans are slavery. A gigantic mortgage you can’t afford is slavery (I dodged that one, thankfully).
Slavery is not the way.
University, for many, is that first step. Towards slavery. And college is a waste of time for many. So think long and hard before just blinding agreeing to be one.
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