If you could give your high school self advice upon graduation, what would it be?

Don’t go to college.

If you must go to college, don’t go right away. Take a year or two away from going to school. You’ve spent most of your life taking classes and listening to teachers. Like most educated people, you’ve been trained to overrate the value of education. It’s time to try something new.

Most people waste their freshman year taking required classes that they aren’t interested in from professors who aren’t interested in teaching those classes. Why not skip freshman year entirely? Travel, volunteer, get a job doing manual labor, intern somewhere, start a website about something you are interested in. Almost anything you do will be better than going directly to college.

There is going to be tremendous pressure on you to ignore this advice. Your friends are going to college. Your parents want you to go. The college that accepted you is expecting to collect tens of thousands of dollars from you next year. So the question you need to ask yourself is this: Am I strong enough to resist?

Are you ready to be liberated?

juliaallison:

So … I’m asking you - if you could give your high school self advice upon graduation, what would it be?

Email me or reblog your answer.

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