(Closed) Education regret

posted 8 years ago in College
Post # 77
Member
1004 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Almost every day.

I should have taken time off and really thought about what I wanted to do, instead of going to college right away. I have $38,000 in debt by now with interest, and while I am managing to get through grad school without racking up anymore, I also realize that now I would have probably been happy being a) a full-time photographer, but now I can’t get started because of loans and needing full-time work, b) a hair-dresser/cosmetician, or c) a flourist.

I double-majored in Spanish, and after spending some time abroad, I thought I might like to do ESL somewhere like Costa Rica… but loans had to be paid, so that was not happening.

Right now I plan to teach, and while I think I will enjoy being in the classroom, the work environment in education is not the greatest right now and it is quite a stressful profession, and pay is not looking like it will increase anytime soon. I hope that I do not get burned out, and that I can pay my bills.

I’d love to be able to take off and be a Stay-At-Home Mom when I have a kid (only want 1, really), but who knows if Fiance will be able to support me and my loans for that long?

Post # 78
Member
1004 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I feel so strongly now that I, and my parents, were duped by a broken system. My father was the first in his family to get a degree, in engineering. My mother never finished her music degree. When they were in school, it was still true that just HAVING a degree would get you a decent job. My mother has ALWAYS regretted not finishing her degree. So they pushed me into college, and I, being a straight A student, thought I could succeed at anything, so OF COURSE I would get a job with a non-career path degree.

Well, it’s not true anymore, but that’s what I was told by guidance counselors, admissions counselors, etc. I came from a very sheltered, conservative family, and I had NO IDEA what the world was really like until I got to college. 

So, I guess in that sense, it made who I am, and I’m glad. But I don’t think I needed a ridiculously expensive piece of paper to learn those things, I just needed to get away from my small-town life.

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