Alternatives to College
College is a money-hungry institution that could care less about the betterment of your education. It thrives off the waterfalls of tears and the vibrations of dreams shattering. It plugs in ancient retired teachers who have been out of the game so long, they still have “the brick.” And the teachers who are “hip” and “fun” give their students some slimmer of hope that they will enjoy their given careers. Oh, and those recruiters who so desperately want upperclassman to join their workforce once they graduate, only want one little thing… 5 years of experience for an entry level job.
College is hella expensive to begin with. Everybody and their momma knows that. According to USAToday.com, “Since 1978, college tuition fees have increased by a whopping 1,120%.” Ridiculous if you ask me. The average college graduate in 2017 is approximately $39,400 in debt. So yeah, the higher educational system really enjoys sucking your bank account dry. College is a business but that’s not the point of this blog.
The point of this blog is to give insight to those seeking a way out of college. Other alternatives.
1. The Internet, A Better Teacher Than an Actual Teacher
Well, besides the money, the people who run the colleges want you to believe that they are the only ones who can give you “certifiable knowledge.” Hate to shatter their beliefs but college should be something of the past. You do not need to take multiple classes to be a Graphic Designer or an entrepreneur. The internet is there for you, to help you, to guide you.
Let’s face the facts that has been in front of us since the dawn of the internet. Colleges hire professors who are supposedly experts in their fields. But the majority of these teachers are old as dirt. This means they are out of touch with the changing world. On top of that, when they teach, they usually brief over the lesson or talk above everyone’s heads. What tool is used when a lesson is not fully understood and there are questions left unanswered? Bingo. The internet. Everything is available at your fingertips. So for people in Graphic Design, for example, can teach themselves, for free, how to use programs such as Adobe Photoshop by searching Youtube videos. If ever on the job and there is a question that needs to be answered, instead of bugging your coworkers, you are going to search for the answer anyways. So why go to college and get scammed out of a couple thousand when you can learn from the internet?
2. Apprenticeships and Other Alternatives
College is only beneficial to those pursuing a career in Medicine, Law, or Engineering. But for the other career paths such as the Visual Arts or Advertising, for example, have other alternatives than higher educational schools. One alternative being apprenticeships with professionals in their fields. Chris Do, a Chief Strategist and CEO of Blind, executive producer of The Skool, and the founder of The Futur, suggested that instead of going to college, to use that money and ask someone who inspires you in your field if you can shadow them for a year or two. You can pay them $5,000 or $10,000 to get hands on, real life experience. Experience you can not get from being inside a classroom. This can teach you how to deal with people in the real world, like networking, getting clients, and staying above competition. When you pay for these types of apprenticeships, you know you are getting what you paid for. Unlike College, where they feel like learning Geology and Plant Science is beneficial for you as a Visual Art Major, you will be focused on what really interests you. In addition to that, you will be knowledgeable about current and future trends in the industry. This will set you apart from those confined to a classroom all day.
2a. Other Alternatives
According to Forbes, other alternatives to college is to go to trade/vocational schools, join the military, volunteer, get an entry level job, or start a business. There are other paths to be taken besides that of the well beaten college path. Do something that sets you apart from the pack. At least you won’t be in debt.