Nana always used to tell me "Education is never wasted".
I think she just said that to make me feel better about squandering a ridiculous amount of money on an as-of-yet-incomplete attempt to get a fancy piece of paper with my name on it.
I completed one year of college while still in high school. I completed two years of private university after high school. Three majors, 80 something credits and sixty grand or so in student loan debt later...I still don't have that piece of paper. But does it really matter?
Ask me a year or two ago when I was job hunting, and I would have said "of course it does, damnit" because even the employment ads for coffee-fetching secretaries that paid 8 bucks an hour required a degree. Strangely, it often times doesn't even matter what the degree is in, so long as you have one.
So what makes the fancy piece of paper so fucking special? To be honest, I still haven't figured it out. Other than the obvious...I wouldn't want a doctor or lawyer who had never attended college ("Hey nurse, what's this weird pointy thingy do?") is it really necessary for most jobs to require a degree? The argument thats been given to me to justify the education aspect countless times is that it "shows employers that you are dedicated and motivated". Bullshit. Getting up to go to the same thankless job for slightly-above-poverty-level-wages for the last 13 years is fucking dedication! I have held at LEAST one full time job, with the exception of a month or two since I was 18 years old. I have had at least a part-time job since I was 15.
But what does that get me? My very own cardboard sign and tin cup on the street corner. If I am lucky, it will be a funny sign.
Erica, one of my closest friends since the third grade knows I suck at school. She has like 16 degrees and is incredibly booksmart (lucky bitch) and has an awesome future ahead of her in the medical field. Recently she sent me an article from CNN suggesting that perhaps college may in fact be a waste of time and money. Education is important, without question, but is the ONLY way of obtaining it by sitting in a classroom, listening to lectures, taking notes and then regurgitating them on tests and papers only to forget them by the weekend? Could it possibly be that college is important because theres money involved for the institution? A LOT of money? The article even goes as far as to suggest that college prices are increasing at a far faster rate than inflation simply because the government will throw student loans at anyone who can spell their name correctly?