Category : lessons
As a person who chose to spend the past year woiknrg on a masters degree, at the age of 38, I have often reflected on what my experience of attending undergraduate school from ages 17-21 meant for my life. I think for many young people, it is more about doing what is expected by society, by our parents, experiencing independence for the first time etc. My choice to get an undergraduate degree in business was because it would supposedly give me the edge I needed to get a good job. When I made the decision to attend graduate school many years later, it was about making a choice to study a subject that would enhance my ability to help make the world a better place, rather than doing what society expected of me. I was so inspired by the group of masters students (ages 22-50) from over 40 countries that I met who really cared about finding solutions to the worlds problems. I am so glad I did it. Yet, the focus of my masters studies was just one of my many interests. There are are a lot of other training experiences on my list of things to do over the next few years. For the most part, these are much more experiential than can be found in the traditional academic university setting.The thing for you Ben, is that you don’t need to go the college to get a job. There are a lot of societal pressures for you to attend undergraduate school, but you have to listen to your own heart and decide what is best for you. Rather than spending 4 years of your life taking a bunch of courses that may or may not really matter in your life once you graduate, you can choose your education on an as needed basis, based on your unique interests and talents. There is nothing wrong with that at all!I wish you the best in your decision. Life is a journey. Each and every journey is unique. Whatever choice you make will be the right decision for this specific part of your journey. As long as you are committed to learning from each and every experience in your life, then there is no wrong decision.