Fast forward a year and a half and I still feel the same way about school. I will never go back full-time - EVER. BUT, I am going to finish. Perhaps sooner than later. Perhaps very soon. Perhaps as soon as March.
Why? Why am I going to add to my huge pile of student loans (who keep calling me, by the way - WHO GAVE THE STUDENT LOANS MY PHONE NUMBER? And how do I file a harassment suit against them?)? Here are a few reasons I'm going back:
- Degrees actually "matter". I've put "matter" in quotation marks because the functionality of a degree in the workplace is relative. This is how it goes: Okay, so you're a small publication house that needs a temp to perm administrative assistant for a large data entry project, covering phones, and calendar management. Awesome! I was an office assistant at my university and worked at a data company part-time! I've done it all! Hire me! Oh, no, I didn't finish college, but I have a good work ethic and relevant experience - I'm a very good fit for this job. So you're going to hire a recent grad with absolutely no work experience to play with Excel and answer phones just because they have a degree? Amazeballs! The moral of this story is that the degree itself doesn't matter at all, the having of the degree is what matters.
- I can't bring myself not to. I love learning. I just do. And while you don't need to go to college to learn (in fact, I honestly believe you can learn a lot more by traveling and learning things first hand), there are a lot of opportunities in certain fields (such as writing, which I'm shooting for) that are more easily or exclusively accessed through universities or having a degree.
- I refuse to have all that debt with nothing to show for it, god dammit.
Do I think getting a degree in journalism and creative writing will make be a better or more valid writer? Besides a better understanding of grammar, no. Do I think I might be able to land an freakin' sweet internship at an amazing magazine that will lead to a prosperous career as the next Cathy Horyn? It fucking better.