Saturday, September 4, 2010

school... sucks so hard!

perhaps this is a little simplistic, but it's also a nice summary of my feelings. an undergraduate degree (often plus masters or phd) is the stepping stone into a professional career, unless your desired career is not something that requires off-the-job training, and it also eats up about a third of your life, if you're done at 30. shocking, in my mind. a third! assuming that you're going to do the time at home as a dependent until roughly 18, plus or minus 2 or 3 years, that's an additional 12 years spent obtaining highly specialized training. let's round to 10, in case you're a genius and get your post doc work done super super fast. an entire decade spent immersed in academia, your head buried in the unique and strange universe of the university. what a mind fuck, huh? call me crazy, but it seems like that time might seriously warp your perspective on what the real world actually consists of, in a very permanent way. i know that when i'm actively involved in school, i read the paper less, i have far fewer non-school related conversations, my group of acquaintances narrows significantly, and in general my world shrinks down to a succession of classes, homework, grades, and school related drama and anxiety. i forget that this is not the majority of the world's experience, and that this isn't of penultimate importance.

what would i rather do with 10 years, if i could? go out and do some experiential learning. but, if i want the resources to have a nice house, a nice vehicle, a nice wardrobe, a nice retirement, then i need a nice job, and those all need that 10 year foundation. i'm too stubborn to lower my standards to just getting by, as that would certainly be possible for a high school graduate to do with the jobs they are qualified for, hell even if you dropped out of high school. just getting by doesn't interest me at all though, so i'll do my time, but be on the lookout for ways to reduce that without compromising on my passions.

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