Is College The Answer?
Up until recently, I’ve been saying a loud and clear: YES. I’ve been operating for years off the assumption that once one has a degree, all gets easier. Feeling that surely, once I had that diploma hanging on my wall, I would see a HUGE lifestyle change. This is coming from a girl that can’t hardly afford to buy socks.
For some reason I thought this is what the educated life would look like:
Except ever since I got my degree…this is more of what it has been like:
Now, before I go any further, I want to make sure you understand that I’m not AGAINST education. I am just speaking in terms of my personal experience and pondering the idea of what it would have been like had I taken a different road.
I went to college and got an Associate of Science in Social Sciences which I have completed.
I’m working on my Bachelors degree through Columbia College while working Monday-Friday at an animal hospital.
As of right now, here is what I’ve found about my lifestyle:
-I do not have more money
-I do not have more socks
-We still buy Ramen Noodles
-I have a lot of debt
-I have even more debt to go before I get my Bachelors
-I stay burned out
– I’m frustrated
-My husband who is in a career field that does not need a college degree makes quadruple what I make
– I feel scammed by the price of college, books, and the ideal image of a college educated person that is drilled into us
-I’m scared that I’m digging myself a huge hole with education
For the first time, I’m beginning to ask myself if college was the right choice. I graduated with a 3.8 Summa Cum Laude and member of Phi Theta Kappa. All that sounds awesome right? Like brag worthy as if I should have tons of scholarships.
The best four year colleges did for me was offer me “in state price” if I went to them. Great.
I’m taking a break after this semester. I have to figure all of this out.
If anyone would like to answer the question
Is College the Answer?
I invite you to do so
As clearly, I need advice 🙂