College: The Real Spill.
First off, let me just say congratulations to myself because I graduated on May 17th. I learned a lot during my journey and made so many mistakes. I’m glad I made those mistakes because now I know enough to help my siblings and my future kids. I’m going to break this blog down into 4 sections. Take what you need from each section!
Section 1: Freshman feels.
I never put much thought into which school I wanted to go to. I also wasn’t aware at the time of the many different options I had when it came to college. All I knew is that I was told I had to go to college and I didn’t want to let anyone down so I start applying to different schools. I chose Southern University when it was all said and done. I attended Southern for 2 years before I decided to stop wasting time trying to please family and figure out my own way. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t regret the time I spent at SU because the experience was amazing. I met some cool ass people, had so much fun, and it also helped me get back to my roots. HBCU’s are amazing.
One day during my sophomore year, I realized that I was in a major that I didn’t want to be in and that I was basically just there to be there at that point. I thought about changing my major but I didn’t want to be in school any longer than I had to, so I decided to take a semester off and look into other options. I didn’t know what path I was going to take but I knew in May of 2019 I wanted to be walking across a stage.
Section 2: You have other options.
Our people can really be annoying when it comes to college because they make it seem as if a 4 year is the only way. We really have to stop sleeping on 2 year schools. 2 year schools have Associates degrees in Nursing, I’m talking RN! They have LPN programs, MA programs, and almost every other degree/program you can think of. I named the ones in the medical field because I know a lot of people are interested in those, but if you do your research you will see that there are plenty options. If I would’ve known this my senior year of high-school I would’ve went straight to a two year and would be STUDENT DEBT FREE right now!
Section 3: Student Loans
They add up!! Quick!! In the last section I mentioned how I would be debt free if I would’ve went the two year way. I said that because when I transferred my grant paid for everything! I didn’t have to take out any student loans at all. Student loans are another big reason why I decided to switch. Even though my parents would tell me that they would pay them the little voice in my head was telling me not to let those loans pile up so I followed that voice and stopped before I accumulated more student debt. Ask yourself “will my major bring in enough money to pay off these student loans without putting everything else I want in life on hold?” Below is a screen shot of some tweets from twitter! This is the reality for a lot of college graduates.
Section 4: Just Make sure you’re doing it for YOU!
DO NOT let people who haven’t been to college and finished tell you what’s best for you when it comes to college! The blind can’t lead the blind! If you’re not doing what’s best for you, you won’t be happy. Before you make a decision look at your options!
College is NOT the only way to be successful and going to college and finishing doesn’t guarantee success either! It’s all about you and how you play your cards! Be smart!
If you want to go to a 4-year that’s fine just be smart when it comes to those student loans! They will be in your name and on your credit! The goal is to break generational curses and that includes debt.