With my graduation from university fast approaching, I often make comments like this:
“I’m SO ready to be done with school!”
And that often gets met with replies like this:
“You’ll miss it in a few years though ;)”
I know a lot of people do miss school after a few years in the “real world”, but I don’t think I’ll be one of them.
Everyone is different! Not everyone loved or will miss school
I never liked school. The last time I even kind of liked it was in middle school when I was surrounded by the people I grew up with since pre-school. And even then, I liked it for the people alone. But after that (high school and university), I hated the academic part of school and didn’t even like the social part either. There was nothing there for me.
On the academic side, I never felt like I actually learned anything. Even when I went to university and could pick my own classes, I was always ahead of them. I took web design classes but was already the next level up (self-taught FTW!). I took animation classes and learned that I HATE ANIMATION AND NEVER WANT TO DO IT AGAIN. I took film classes and learned that I hate filming. For the things that were useful (web design), I was already ahead of the game. For the other subjects, I just really REALLY didn’t like them.
And in many cases, I felt like I was just studying pointless facts all for the purpose of getting a little piece of paper that says: “Congratulations! You’re smart and you deserve a good job!”
On the social side, I never met people in university that I really clicked with. I’m not super social to begin with, but I’m actually really picky about the people I want to hang out with. I think the main reason is because I’m a homebody! I like to stay home, read, and blog. I’d rather do that then go out or party, which is what 99% of people in university like to do.
What did university hold?
- Taking classes that I was too advanced for
- Taking classes I couldn’t stand
- Learning things that I’ll never use again (calculus, I’m looking at you)
- Studying things that I forgot the second the exam ended
- No like-minded people I wanted to be friends with
What does my future hold?
- Being with a husband who is my best friend and the love of my life
- Doing what I do best: teaching myself coding
- Working with clients to create websites
- Feeling like what I do is actually important. Instead of studying topics that I will NEVER EVER use, I’m creating beautiful blog designs or important websites to promote peoples’ businesses. I feel like what I’m doing actually matters and serves a purpose.
- Teaching other people design/development (I’ve been thinking of running an e-course)
Everyone has a different experience
I guess the point of this post is just that everyone is different. I got sick of people telling me I’d miss school when there’s nothing there for me to miss. Just because they miss it doesn’t mean everyone will. I’m sure a lot of people do miss those days because it was “easier” or because they had so many great friends.. and that’s fair enough. But high school/college was not the “best years of my life”, as it is for so many people. And paying bills? Really not that bad (for me).
I just think that everyone is different and each person has his or her own “best years” of their life. For some, that may be university. For others, it may be when they finally get their dream job and feel like they’re actually starting their lives. But not everyone is going to desperately want to go back to college years.