My College Story: My mom drilled the importance of college in my head practically since birth; I was taught that attending college was the ultimate life choice; riches and independence would be mine! BUT she didn't attend college, no one in my family did. I had zero guidance on the process. I just knew I should go, but not HOW to go, WHY to go, and what to DO when finished.
I was a confused 17-year-old when I started college. I first pursued an Associates in Arts, switched to an Associates in Science for Graphic Design and eventually dropped out, no degree completed. (A lot of people still think I finished with a photography or writing degree, nope.) I was bored with the classes, having self-taught myself how to use image editing software and make websites through middle and high school; skills that directly helped me land marketing/copywriting for three years before working for myself on Thrift Core another three once the blog had grown enough to sustain me.
The Urge to Return: Now I feel an urge to return to college. I suffer from drop-out guilt and I crave the challenge. I feel very complacent with life going on the way I am. I want the knowledge and connections college can give. I know attending writing/photography meet-ups can give the networking/knowledge I crave, but if it's possible, why not get college degrees while I'm at it? I was very confused before but now I know I'd like to go to school for journalism, photojournalism, or both.
A Common Story. College and No Job: I have more friends with college degrees jobs that are NOT in the field they went to school for than friends with college degrees working exactly where they expected. Many friends changed their minds or couldn't find work. College can be a huge investment of time, money, and energy and may not guarantee work in this uncertain job market.
Some of Your Thoughts on Twitter and Facebook Thus Far on Returning to College:
A General Direction... At least I finally have a general direction for what I want to do in life. It will always involve photography, design, writing, whole living, and environmentalism to one degree or another. I finally feel ready to settle and actually focus on classes again.
What do you think? What was your college (and post-college) experience like? Do you recommend going back to school or is it crazy? Any tips for me to attend college for free? Any suggestions for what I should ask my counselor tomorrow?