“It doesn’t matter if you don’t know what you want to do yet, just go to college and start knocking out your Gen Eds,” I was told by one of my high school teachers. To a lost and confused teenager, this was absolutely terrible advice.
It was true that, as a high school student, I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life. But when I was told to go to college, it seemed to make sense. After all, everyone else was going.
But going to college without any semblance of a plan landed me thousands of dollars in debt and even more lost and confused. I hated the college scene, but what else could I do? No alternatives were ever presented to me. I dropped out of my classes and felt like a miserable failure. I didn’t even have a job because I gave it up to attend college. What a miserable mess I was in.
Happily, things quickly changed for the better. I began to do the only thing I really knew how to do–work. Practically every waking moment was spent working some kind of job and earning some kind of income. I still had no long term plan for my life, but boy did it feel good to be so occupied with worthwhile endeavors.
After only a few short months of working my brains out, I began to date my future wife. This proved to be the best possible impetus for establishing a solid career plan. How could I have a wife and family if I couldn’t afford to feed them? By divine intervention, and with the help of my soon-to-be wife, I stumbled across what was to become my career. Now I had a plan.
I went back to college with this very definite plan set in place, and I toiled my way to a college degree. The rest is history, but a very important lesson was learned along the way.
Don’t go to college unless you have a plan.