I Want What I Want, Not What They Want
[/caption] [dropcap]I[/dropcap]’m fairly confident that I’m not going to be getting a bunch of As or anything this semester. I’m too focused on other things to concentrate a whole lot on school. Normally, when a student says that, it means they’re playing video games, partying, or doing various other things with their time in which “grown ups” would frown upon in place of school. I’m not doing any of those things. While I may be on a computer, I’m not playing games. I might be on Facebook, but I’m communicating with potential colleagues, readers online, and even an advertiser once (don’t ask). I might be in my room all day, but instead of sitting on a Gameboy wasting the day away, I’m enhancing my skills in the professional applications that are going to end up being the difference between a job, and a career. I’m teaching myself stuff that will decide whether I become a contract worker every now and then, or a desired asset that has an ever-ringing phone for work opportunities. Truth is, I understand what direction my life is going to take now, and I understand where my skills lie in place of finding work, and creating awesome stuff later. I’ve figured out the in’s and outs of my long-term life, and I’m trying to put together the pieces in the short-term that will lead me there. I have to focus on the obstacles and limitations that will prevent me from my dreams, and learn as much as I can, as fast as I can. There seems to be a pattern here, and this inescapable disease called college haunts me every day I wake and throw that backpack over my shoulder. School has done a few things for me in the past five years. Teaching me the curriculum directly, isn’t one of them. I can’t do calculus. If you asked me, right now, how to find out when two damn trains were gonna ram into each other if they left stations at different times, traveling different speeds, I’d say “I don’t give a shit.” – It’s the truth… I don’t. Let them hit. The purpose of attending a university, as seen by this sixth year senior, isn’t to learn facts, and how to do complex math. It’s not about learning the elements in the periodic table or learning about the history of ancient Rome, or even the United States (which is very boring in comparison to pretty much ever other place on the planet, by the way). Sure, people need to know these things ONLY if they want to go into a career in chemistry, or history, or mathematics. For the rest of us, it’s required for only two reasons, and that’s it:
- It teaches you problem solving skills, and how to find answers to the questions you don’t know.
- It makes the school money.