Imagine taking a test about making a sandwich. You study for the test, you learn every ingredient used to make the sandwich, what bread tastes best with what lunch meat, even the industry names for the utensils used to make the bread. You take the test and you ace it.
Congratulations, you have graduated sandwich school! Now here’s where things get tricky. To take this test it cost you upwards of $100,000 that you obviously can’t just pay in cash or afford, so you take out what are called loans. The longer you wait to pay these back, the more money the bank you borrowed it from can charge in interest.
So with this in mind, let’s say you go to apply for a job as a sandwich maker, but finding a job isn’t exactly as easy as you thought… being a sandwich maker is an incredibly glamorous job that lots people want and apparently everyone else who graduated sandwich school with you has the same exact knowledge as you and absolutely nothing sets you apart from them. So your employment is based essentially on a lottery system. Accumulating interest starts racking up.
Fast forward 10 months, you’ve FINALLY been hired as the official resident sandwich maker!! After living in your parents house for the last year doing essentially nothing but scour Craigslist for a job, you FINALLY get to live your dream of being a successful sandwich maker.
But wait… uh oh. You arrive on the first day, and you realize something. You have no idea where they keep the ingrediants, how this specific sandwich place works, how to interact with customers, how the cookware works here, or how to apply your knowledge because your sandwich school only taught you the theory, not how to use this knowledge.
Never once did it occur to you that there was more to sandwich making than just theory, and while you were putting yourself hundreds of thousands of dollars in debt, one of your colleagues got in touch with an already established sandwich maker. He worked from the bottom up as an assistant, eventually graduating to unpaid intern, to paid intern and over the course of 4 years working his way up the sandwich making ladder, making connections in the sandwich making world, learning social skills, and firsthand knowledge of how the business works.
Your colleague may have even started his OWN sandwich making shop with all of these connections and real world appliable experience, and, get this, his money goes into his savings account and not in a loan check to the bank.
The point I’m trying to make is there is more than one way to get from point A to point B than just the mainstream solution that is sold to you. Remember that college is, before ANYTHING else, a business. Not saying college is bad, but sometimes, rather than following the path that’s already laid out for you, you have to go pave your own.