Seniors—this is your last block. Juniors—you are almost seniors. Sophomores—soon, you will be out of your “sophomore slump!” First-years—you’ve almost completed your first year of college. It is an exciting time for everyone, it seems.
First week of Block 8 is slowly coming to a close, and so are different stages of every student’s college career. Despite where a student stands in relation to their expected graduation date, it seems we can all joke about dropping out of school. While it often exists as an aimless statement, I am curious about the possible pros of dropping out of school. What reasons could there be for dropping out to be an appropriate or serious idea for me or any other student currently enrolled in a highly selective institution?
I am an English creative writing major. However, my major by no means completely aligns with my interests. I am currently sitting in my literary theory class because I was told that in order to graduate as a creative writing major, I needed to complete this course. Yet, I would rather be in many other courses at this college or simply just exploring writing on my own time. I could be spending my free time creating pieces to submit to various magazines, or applying to internships, which would allow me to actually involve myself in the real writing world without the commitment of school in the background.
Furthermore, why should my family pay for a class that I do not feel is necessary for my future? Dropping out would allow me to explore writing in the manner I would like to. That is the same for students in any major. There would no longer be requirements telling you how to conduct yourself in the field you are interested in. Dropping out allows for the freedom to explore your abilities and possibilities.
After some research regarding the rates of college dropouts, I learned that 53 percent of college graduates are currently jobless or unemployed. Many still live with their parents and have ridiculous amounts of student debt. Personally, I do not aspire to live in my childhood bedroom and have my parents wake me up in the morning requesting that I walk the dog after having attained a college degree. So, why not quit college before I find myself on my parent’s couch? Besides, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, about 70 percent of people learn best through experience, so dropping out may actually be advantageous to a student (ex-student) in order to experience independent, real-life living.
Often, school feels like just a constant checklist. Every time I finish one assignment, I then remember I have another assignment just around the corner. If school was not in the picture, my assignments would not seem as burdensome because I could create my own checklist. It would not consist of the tasks assigned to me by a professor, but they could be tasks assigned to me by myself—arguably the best kind.
College forces you to choose a path. Our college requires that you declare a major in order to graduate and complete that major’s prescribed course of study; students are forced to choose some sort of an academic path. However, what if you just don’t know and just want to explore? What is a good choice then?
Dropping out of school would allow a person to figure out what they are interested in before spending a ridiculous amount of money. Perhaps, after they figure out a field of study, college could be brought back into the picture.
I am fairly certain I will not be dropping out of college anytime soon, or, at all. However, it is a romantic idea. Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, and Oprah all dropped out of school and have led very successful lives. Why couldn’t I do that, too?