I am such a robot.
Prior to enrolling at "diversity university," I had big dreams and big ideas. I wanted to travel to world, experience different cultures, meet new people of different lifestyles, etc. I was fortunate enough to have traveled to Thailand and South Africa right before college, as well. Unfortunately, that's where the dream ended.
While going to college right after high school was optional, I didn't see it that way. Completing four years in a competitive high school that hammered the idea of college (and finishing in 4 years) into my head made it hard for me to see any other option. So, I did it. I became obsessed with GPAs, majors, credits, good relationships with professors... I became obsessed with a system that would determine how smart I was with letters and averages. So now, here I am, beginning my last year of school realizing that this was not a race (although it is positioned to be some sort of competition.) While education is important to me, I also strongly believe that education can be accessed outside of the classroom. My As and Bs do not accurately measure what I have learned thus far in school nor does it measure the life lessons and skills I have learned from the experience. Don't get me wrong, college is the experience I hoped for, but I didn't necessarily do it because I felt like that was what's good for me. I did it because .. "society said so," or something like that. I don't have to explain the whole "go to school, get a job, make lots of money whether you're happy or not" thing, do I?
People constantly look down on others who chose not to go to school immediately if at all and, to be completely honest, that was me at one point. But of course, as I grew up, I'm realizing that that's nothing to look down on. I actually envy people who take unconventional routes to their personal successes. You create your own paths to reach your goals, it's not up to other people to create them for you. [Whatever path you choose should be meaningful to you.]
I could have created my own path... I still intend to. I just wish my mind was where it is now years ago.
[Regardless, I will be graduating in May 2015. Finishing what I started!!!]