Where Are You Going to College?
“Where are you going to college?” - Literally everyone
I am currently a high school senior. Naturally, this question is asked to me roughly five times a day. I look around and my peers are posting on social media how they have been accepted to X University or how they have received a sport’s scholarship to Y university, etc. Everyone around me is looking at least another four years of school, majoring in who knows what, and I am here doing my thing. While I am starting my professional career today, others are postponing it.
When I was faced with this question, at first I didn’t know how to respond to it. I was afraid I would be judged, looked down at for not choosing to do what everyone else does. There is an obvious stigma that accompanies a college opt or drop-out. Now while there is no pride that should be had with dropping or opting out of college alone, there is a pride associated with taking the harder, more meaningful path for myself. Slowly, I have became more comfortable and prideful when answering this question. Shockingly, once I have responded to the questioner, they are proud of me. They think I am bold and they also encourage me to continue to push for my goals. It is a huge motivation honestly.
So why am I telling you this? Well if you are like me, you probably struggle with this question as well. I want you to know that confidence is key. Do not be afraid to speak up and own your decisions. Be proud. Odds are, if you are confident in your choice and you show it, other people will be confident in you as well. But, at the end of the day, stop worrying if you are judged for your decision to take the path less traveled. Who cares? You know in your core that it is the right decision and that is all that matters. You are an innovator right? You want to change the world? Create value for others? Chances are you see and understand something that others don’t. Your college choices are no different. So continue to be the visionary you are, and do not let anyone stop you from doing what makes you the most fulfilled.
Where are you going to college?