- 6 years ago
- Wedding: January 2013
When i graduated from high school in 2007, I went straight to a community college and since I was the first one to go to college in my family, I had no clue what I was really doing. I was just taking classes that I was told to take, which lead to me getting an Associates Degree in liberal arts, math and science after 4 years of college! Other students that I knew took about the same time as me and, but they received like 3 degrees?! I felt bad when i realized that, because I worked hard for 4 years and I got one degree which seems kinda worthless because although I just found a job last month, I dont get many hours.
I graduated from college May 2011 and while I was in college I never worked so that I could focus in school. I regret it because it seems like experience is worth much more than a degree. I recently became employed in December as a tutor and I do get payed well, but I only worked 13 hours in December and am also working 13 hours this month and my check comes out to about $220 a month. I need a better job to help my fiance with paying for the wedding and so I can have money for myself because I am poor! Good thing I live with my parents!
I have applied to various job but usually the first thing they ask is if I have experience. I also applied to an agency where they help you get a job, but I was told I need experience. I feel like I pretty much waisted 4 years of my life. The good thing is that I paid for college with financial aid.
After college I planned to transfer to a university where i planned to get a bachelors in animal science to become a veterinary technician, but I was rejected because I need a 3.20 GPA and my GPA is 2.97. Then I found out that I actually don’t need a bachelors degree to become a veterinary technician, but just an associates degree! I felt really frustrated when I found out because i told my counselors that that is what I wanted a career in and they never told me that I just need an associates for that. Now I already used up all my financial aid money and if I want to go back to college to get another associates, then I will have to petition so that I can recieve financial aid again, but since I’m already gonna be married by the time i go back to school, I might not qualify for financial aid again.
I have heard many people say that you need to go to college in order to get a good job and not find yourself working at McDonald’s but I think that fast food places would probably be the only places where I could get a job, but I feel I deserve a better job. Not that theres anything wrong with working there, but I went to college for 4 long years and not to get a minimum wage job!
I guess, I don’t really have a question here, I’m just looking for some words of advice. I haven’t really told anyone how I feel because going to college is supposed to be a good thing that will make your life better and I wouldn’t like my 13 year old brother hearing me say that I wasted my time, by going to college.
Also, if you have a similar experience, share. And do you think experience is worth much more than a degree?