For many high schoolers across America, college is just the next thing you do. I was one of those high schoolers.
In fact, I was positively apathetic towards college for a long time. Once I started college, though, I listed out a few justifications for attending. Why was I here, anyway?
to get my slip of paper, i.e., a degree.
to network/study people.
to have something to do in the meantime while I write in the background.
These are still my main reasons for attending college, though since I first wrote this list I’ve gained a better understanding of each.
Take, for instance, 1). Not everyone goes to college to gain the formal knowledge taught in classes—I happen to be one of those people, but at first I didn’t realize there were others. I met someone last spring who already knew his subject matter (computer science) inside and out, but he was still working towards a degree so employers “would know that he knew what he knew.”
Then there’s 2). Those four words just don’t do justice to the richly educational experience I’ve had of interacting with fellow learners and learned. You get a lot of fun characters all together at college, lots of different ways of seeing the world, and it’s broadening. Especially for a writer who needs broadening experiences in order to write, college can be a goldmine.
3). Something to do in the meantime? That one is seriously inadequate. My major has proved to be such a worthy distraction from free-writing that it’s not just a “meantime” anymore, it’s a budding career. And if it weren’t for my introductory digital media class, this blog just wouldn’t exist.
I’ve added a fourth article to my list. It’s not for everyone, but I think it’ll suit me.
to get into graduate school!