Life Update: Not Going To College?

I’m writing this to hopefully relate and help people who don’t know what they want to do in regards to college. No matter what you decide, make sure to talk to people and to inform yourself as much as you can so you know your decision is the best thing for you. At the end of the day it’s your time and money that will be sacrificed.

So sorry for the lack of posts on my website. There have been lots of new beginnings like starting a new school year and a new job! I’m very excited to start all these new things but I never want to leave my blog to the side. My blog is something I love and is a place where I can fully express myself. Thank you to all those who have been following me and reading these posts! I’m coming up with future posts and I’m really excited for what I have planned.

This is my second year attending college and honestly, I didn’t think I would be going into my second year. I know going to college is a decision everyone has to face sometime in their life. You either know what college you wanted to attend ever since you were 5, you know for sure you don’t want to go, or you have no idea if college is for you. I was one of those people that had no clue what I wanted to do. There were people in my life telling me what they thought was best and what I should do. I had my family telling me that college was necessary for success.  I also had other people telling me that it was a waste of time and money.

My first year of college was kind of rough not gonna lie. It was hard to transition from high school to college. I felt like I was dropped on a different planet with unfamiliar faces. I was so used to high school and the people there that when I came to a new school, I felt so out of place. It did get better as the year went on. However, I didn’t really want to continue because a college degree felt so unneccesary. I actually decided at the end of the school year that I was done. I was going to try and pursue fashion and blogging. My decision was only expressed to my immediate family and my best friend. I knew people would be judgemental so I just didn’t tell anyone besides them.

What I wasn’t really realizing was that I was being impatient and was making it seem like if I didn’t start my career NOW it would never happen. Being real with myself, I have no idea how to run a business or really how to market my blog so it can succeed. But I didn’t want to admit this. Although I believe you should fully heartedly go for what you want, preparing yourself doesn’t hurt. I want to make sure that when it is time to be fully devoted to running my business I know what the hell I’m talking about. Although there have been successful business owners who don’t have a degree, it’s no longer about the degree for me, it’s more about using this time to learn and gain knowledge on what I want to do in the future.

This summer I talked to my aunt, who has her masters in psychology, and she related with how I was feeling. My aunt explained to me that the first years of college are kind of boring but as you go further in your degree, you start taking classes that you will really use for your future. She also said something that really resonated with me. She told me even if no one ever asks for my degree, I know that I have prepared myself.

A college degree just felt like a piece of paper that says I finished my classes, when it should be about learning and gaining skills. This talk with her has completely changed my mindset and how I view college. Now I feel engaged and motivated to learn in my classes because I know why I’m in college. Without a sense of purpose why do anything? I found purpose in what I was learning which made me appreciate all I was taking in. Whatever you decide to do, find the why. Knowing why you want to do something will push you to achieve your goals. At the end of the day, it’s your happiness and your life. Take control of it.

 

Your friend,

Perla

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