Monday, October 4, 2010

The Ol' Collegiate Blues

I'm kind of sick of people saying college is a waste of time. I do believe that college isn't for everyone, and I suppose in that sense you could make the argument that college IS a waste of time. However, if going to college was the catalyst for the discovery of your argument, than you've lost the argument at its inception, because college didn't waste your time, insomuch as it gave you an opportunity you weren't aware was going to do nothing for you, and led you to that belief. Don't generalize about something just because it doesn't work for you.

Equally worthy of scrutiny is naysayers using examples of people who didn't go to college and achieved great things regardless as the end-all-be-all to the "waste of time" argument. Luck and chance play into life far more frequently than we like to admit. Chances are the millionaire who dropped out of college got very, very lucky in life. Maybe he or she fell into money. Maybe this person was born a genius-level IQ and college wasn't going to facilitate any further intellectual growth. Who knows? But guess what? The people who had some college as opposed to none got far luckier in terms of success. College supplemented that luck, in a sense.

And on another note: I'm not sure when it happened, but perhaps we need to stop measuring success in terms of money. I know that's considered a "trite" statement, informed by someone who has no money, which I am, but I'm a relatively happy person, and I attribute that to success I've had in the arenas of knowing great people, reading great books, and loving every little shitty aspect of life.

I also write all this as someone who hasn't, and isn't sure if he ever will, finish college.

Everybody Mambo!