Around this time last year, I was finishing my senior year of college.
My mentality at the time was this: I’m tired of writing papers. I know all this is going to be essentially meaningless in the real world. My employer is not going to grade me on the ten-point scale. I don’t want to go to grad school and write more papers. If I must go to grad school, I can go later in life or online. I don’t want to postpone life in the real world by hiding in some other university, which is precisely the opposite of the real world. My chosen career path does not require me to have a master’s. Why bother?
After I graduated, I looked for work. That job search taught me more about the “real world” in six months than college had taught me in four years.
During my time in college, I was absolutely obsessed with it. School was my life and, like the dork I am, I loved it, up until I realized that it wasn’t really preparing me for “the real world.”
I don’t regret not going to grad school. I don’t regret entering the “real world” and going to work one bit, but I miss school so much it’s almost painful. My brother is three years younger than me, and he’s ready to transfer from community college to university. Quite frankly, I’m jealous of him. I want to take that journey again. Going to university was one of the best decisions I ever made and it taught me so much.
College was a completely different kind of learning experience than what I experienced job searching and living in the “real world.” I think going to college taught me how to learn. It didn’t necessarily teach me how to get along in the real world, but it taught me how to learn to get along in the real world.
So how about you? Are you in school? Are you out of school and do you miss it? 🙂