To some of us, the question is a very silly one: can you survive in life without having gone to college? Such a question may not have even entered our minds. “Duh, of course you can. College is just an extra way of learning stuff, we all know that.” For others, however, the question is really quite valid; possibly because all of our lives, most of us have been told it isn’t possible, or even that college simply part of life, and that there is no alternative, end of story. This is what society teaches to young people these days: go to school, get good grades; go to college, get good grades; get a job that pays well, get promotions in that job, keep working until you retire; go live in a retirement community and play golf till you’re old and feeble; then lie in bed watching TV till you’ve passed away. The American Dream sounds so delicious, doesn’t it? And without it, we all fail as Americans, correct? No. What if you don’t envision that dream for yourself? What if you grew up wanting to be a farmer, a rock star, a sailor, a rock climber, an elephant rider, or some other dream you’ve given up for the sake of being realistic?
My primary goal with this blog is to enlighten and encourage those people out there who want to do more than what is expected of them, who want to accomplish their dreams now, and who don’t want to wait for so-called “opportunity” to come a-knocking. Probably, if you found this blog, you are one of those people. You are sure there isn’t one path through life – after all, everyone is different, right? – but you aren’t sure what the alternatives are, or if they even exist for “normal” people. Or, perhaps you stumbled upon it accidentally, and were intrigued. I hope you were intrigued. If you have read this far, you are probably intrigued. Maybe questions have come up that you didn’t even notice you had bottled up inside.
I’ve only listed a couple of reasons why you might be asking if life without college is actually feasible. Everyone has a different story, and everyone has different questions. So, if you have stumbled upon my blog, please feel free to leave me a comment or send me an e-mail (LifeWithoutCollege@gmail.com) with your story, questions, concerns, arguments, or anything else you wish to address. I would love to know your story and hear what you have to say about this interesting and often controversial subject.
In the next entry, I will tell you a little bit more about me, and how I came to find the “Life Without College” question relevant to my own life.