- 5 years ago
So, I’ve been putting off going to college or really making any career-oriented moves for a few years now. I’ve never had much of a clue of what I wanted to do in my life, and I’ve heard too many stories about people fulfilling the “college dream” to please their families and end up not really enjoying or using their degree, so I’ve been hesitant to move forward with something I wasn’t entirely sure about.
A few months ago, I had a sort of epiphany about my potential, and really started thinking about what I COULD do, and what I might enjoy. So I went ahead and started applying to everywhere I thought might fit the bill.
Now, my issue is this: I have been applying to two completely different types of programs. One is the “typical” college path (I decided on a major that I think would suit me), and the other is to study a therapeutic movement art that I’ve been doing since I was 10 – which would allow me, in turn, to be a teacher.
Ultimately, I know that I do want to study the movement art and go on to be a teacher in it. I’ve known THAT for nearly 4 years at this point, just never been able to move forward with it until recently because the programs require some time of “life experience” (aka you can’t apply right out of high school).
So, to my surprise, I got into my top choice for college. I wasn’t sure that I’d get in ANYWHERE (I had a bumpy ride through high school). But honestly, when I got the acceptance letter, I was not excited, proud of myself, nor did I go ahead and call and tell everyone. I was slightly shocked, and felt a bit sad. Almost like, “Oh geez, this means 4 more years of deadlines, stress, and studying like a little minion, and 4 more years until I could move forward with pursuing the movement art….”
So right now, I’m pretty stuck. I definitely do see the benefit in getting a college degree for personal enrichment mostly, as well as pleasing my family. I’m sure that there are parts I would enjoy very much. But it’s also a lot of money, it means I would have to wait before moving forward with my next step, and I also don’t really *need* it.
If I were to go into the movement art program NOW, that would definiely make me happy. Telling my family that “I’m going to be a teacher” will still make them quite proud, but they might not *get* it as much as me getting a college degree. I would also lose out on the chance to study some things that I am very interested in, in a formal college setting. But having no college degree will have no effect on my ability to get hired as a teacher, or my pay in that position.
So, I really have no idea what to do. Does anyone have any insight? Is college REALLY worth it, even if you’re not going to use the degree that much? Is it stupid NOT to get a degree when you CAN? Would I really be missing out on that big of an opportunity if I skipped it?
What would you do? Go to college first, and then pursue the movement art, or just go right to doing what you already know and love?
Thanks for any help.