I get this question a lot. Well, actually it is more of ‘the look’. Those in my shoes will understand. Someone asks you why you went to college or where or what for and they have that dumbfounded, what are you talking about, are you serious type of look. Even in this day and age where entrepreneurs are more common and people are starting to see that money can be made in unconventional ways, there is still this stigma that you have to go to college. I have a few reasonings for my decision in different ways because I looked at it from several different angles. I thought I would share my heart behind it below and maybe encourage you in your journey and decision.
I didn’t want to be one of those people who just went to college for the sake of going to college. There is a lot involved in getting to go to school and I honestly couldn’t pick what I wanted to major in. I loved the idea of the beauty industry with going to cosmetology school, but I also have a huge passion for wellness and helping others and have been told by many that I have the hands and instincts to make a great massage therapist. And coming from a family that has always had back issues, this is something that would also be useful to myself and others that I love. A writing degree of some sort always somewhat interested me, as did multiple medical careers such as nursing, EMT, and midwifery.
I have also been encouraged by my music teacher and mentor that a career in music was definitely a possibility and something that I would excel at. Yeah, I’m a mixed bag. LOL! All of that beings said, It clearly hasn’t been in God’s plan for me yet to have gone to college before now. I’m never ruling it out because there are some specific dreams and visions that may require that I do so, I just know that the time is not now. But along the lines of interests, if I couldn’t pick one, why would I invest so much time, money etc. into a college education that I may not use or enjoy at this time.
Along the lines of not being able to decide above, money is a huge factor. At this point in my life, God has not provided a way for me to go to college and be able to afford it. Coming from a family that has been saddled with debt till this day and seeing the effect that this has on one’s life I have absolutely no desire to take out a lone. Especially when I am undecided as to any future vocation I may want to pursue. I know that it can be done debt free because two of my older brothers both graduated from college, one with a bachelors and one with a masters completely debt free and I hope to follow in their example. I know it isn’t for everyone, but this is a decision I feel very strongly about.
I am not the type of person to be interested in something such as college just for the so-called college experience and I’m not going to lie, even if I did not to college you wouldn’t find me living it up or ‘experiencing’ it the way most would. Honestly, a lot of what I hear about college life and the experience (aka, partying, drinking, etc) disgusts me and I don’t think I would really enjoy it. I prefer to put my head down and focus on my studies and I don’t have time for a whole lot else.
Let’s be honest, with the amount of things I have going on in my life from several home businesses, a job, this blog and being an author, it’s not like I have a whole lot of time on my hands just sitting around waiting to be filled. If I were to go to college, I would definitely need to make a concerted effort at putting something else aside to do it and I just haven’t felt led to do that yet. Most traditional folks don’t understand that several of the businesses that I invest time in have the potential to provide and income in the future, I just have to put the time and effort in. And that doesn’t happen by accident and without investing a lot of time into them.
It all comes down to this final decision for me. You see, I believe that God has my life in the palm of His hand and if there is some place He wants to me to go in terms of schooling or vocation, I know and trust that He would make a way and give me peace about such a decision.
I hope this post encouraged those who are either considering college or are like me and have no idea what they want to do. Trust His leading. He will never let you down.
By God’s Grace,