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Why am I going to college?

In Steve Pavlina’s 10 Tips For College Students his first tip is to answer the question, “Why am I going to college?” He says,

Many college students really don’t have a clear reason for being there other than the fact that they don’t know what else to do yet. They inherit goals from family and peers which aren’t truly their own. That was how I started college. Is this you as well?

This is not me, but I think it is how I was raised. I think this is how a lot of us are raised. We go to school, we get older, we get jobs, and we go to college because that’s what we’ve always been told to do. I’ve just assumed since I was in elementary school that when I graduated from high school I would be going to college.

Although my parents (who might be reading my blog now, along with my brother and sister :|) have urged me to go to college (especially recently) this isn’t why I’m going.

I’m going because I want to be a web designer(/developer) and although the schools are way behind in this area, there are still some things I can learn from a college. For example, I don’t know Flash, at all. I have it on my computer and I’ve only opened it once. I don’t like Flash but it’s something I want to learn so that if I needed to I could make simple things in Flash and make edits to Flash files. It’s a skill that many web designers have and some depend upon so I want to atleast know the basics of it. Other things like PHP, Photoshop, other programming languages, databases, etc are things I know a little about but are things I should know well or atleast be familiar with.

College can teach me the basics and I can expand my knowledge from there.

But will I get a degree? I don’t know. To get a degree I have to take a lot of classes that I feel will be a waste of time. Some of the classes won’t have anything to do with my career choice but will still be interesting classes. It’s everything else that I don’t want to take.

School starts on August 20th and I’m all registered for my first semester. I’m taking 5 classes. 4 are computer related and the other is English 101. I don’t know how long I’ll be in school but I plan to go for atleast a year (maybe 2) no matter what.

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