If I could go back in time and do college all over again, I would have completely ignored the ridicule and demands of my parents, peers, and superiors and went with my heart and pursued a Fine Arts degree in Scultpure.
You might ask way. You might say that that would have been a “waste of money”. You know what else is a waste of money? Spending $45,000+ on some bullshit Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology/Criminology that I don’t even care about nor am I proud of. Instead of spending five years regurgitating the same facts and theories over and over again from notes onto midterms and finals, I could have spent four to five years doing something I actually loved, something I was actually passionate about, something I was (and most like still am) good at. Because now I feel incredibly unintelligent, average, worthless, and bombarded with crippling debt over a run-of-mill degree the thousands and thousands of other 20-somethings have that requires no talent, or nothing special at all.
Yeah, with an art degree I’d still have the same amount (or maybe more) debt. But you know what? At least I would have spent those undergrad years honing raw talent. I’d wake up every day doing something I actually loved instead of loathing every single god damn day of class thinking “I just have to pass so I can get SOME KIND of degree so I can get SOME KIND of job.
I would have had a degree that I was Ecstatic about, a degree that I would have been proud of, a degree I would have instantly framed and mounted on my wall; instead of throwing it in a box in the closet.
Please, Don’t ever let your kids or yourselves end up like me. No matter how worried you may be about their future if they pursue that path; please for the love of god do not hider their/your dream. Because if you’re good at something, and you know you’re good at it, you will find a full filing future with it. Even if it takes a little longer to get a career than most people, or takes you on an obscure path. Because a “worthless” degree in something you love is exponentially more self-fulfilling than a “worthless” in something that you have absolutely no passion for/are not proud of in the slightest.
Please, don’t let your kids/yourselves end up like me. A college grad with a generic degree, five figure debt, waking up EVERY. SINGLE. god damn morning feeling absolutely worthless, feeling like the are good at nothing, and knowing that they are good for nothing.