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I have a secret to share: I do not have a college degree.
Only 21 credits and a whole lotta self-worth short.
Sometimes I wish I had my college degree, but I do not regret the choice I made that prevented me from getting it.
During my junior year of college, I was offered a job at an Academy Award-winning actor’s production company in Los Angeles. Being a fan of the actor and having always wanted to work in Hollywood, it was a no-brainer decision. College degree or looking like a giant asshole with a bluetooth headset and yelling at complete strangers because I couldn’t yell back at my own boss for making me feel like a worthless piece of turd? Duh, no brainerz.
My mother made me promise that I would finish my degree while I worked.
Yeah, that didn’t happen.
Try being a 24/7 personal assistant in Hollywood and going to school. I ended up flunking a class because I was only capable of staring at the wall and chewing the living shit out of the inside of my mouth during class. Ever seen Swimming with Sharks? Being a personal assistant makes you lose your marbles.
While working in Los Angeles, not having a degree didn’t hinder my chances for growth. In fact, my employer, most of the people in his camp and about half of Hollywood do not have their degrees. Once your foot is in the door and you show that you can do the job, you’re set.
Of course, I never thought about what would happen if I got terribly disillusioned with my job in the film business and left, which is was I did, and I found myself at square one: no degree, some excellent work experience and no idea what I wanted to do with my life.
And I freaked the ffffffff out.
I took a series of work ranging from “whatever jobs” to “potential career path jobs” until I figured out what I wanted to do, which is write.
Which is what I do, yay!
And again, the degree has never come up.
In the arts-related fields it’s more about what you’ve done and do versus what school you went to.
I’ve been lucky. I’ve managed to always work and get on track to a career I want without a degree.
That doesn’t mean I haven’t thought about finishing my bachelor’s degree and going beyond that though.
There are three reasons I want to go back to school 1.) To make my momma proud 2.) Become a stronger writer 3.) Feel confident in talking frou-frou talk around my friends with master’s degrees.
Oh, I also feel like I have an elementary school-level understanding of grammar and punctuation.
There is a little problem with going back to school: I have debt. The bulk of that debt will be paid off next year, but the thought of taking on more debt scares the living crappola out of me.
Listening to my boyfriend vent about about how the interest on his student loans for undergrad and grad school have topped $30,000 scares the holy living crappola-ola out of me.
Reading reports of thousands upon thousands of graduates living at home, not finding work and having no means to pay off their $20,000, $50,000 or $100,000 school loans scares the stinkin’ living holy living crap-crap-crappola out of me.
If I’ve managed to go this far without a degree, is it worth putting myself in more debt?
This and questions like it plague the Internetz nowadays due to a waning economy and high unemployment.
Is the mo-fo’ing liberal arts/arts college degree worth it nowadays?
Most scientists and philosophers and moms and parents and old people will tell you yes. Some people without college degrees who has expensive cars and hot spouses will tell you no.
I go back and forth on the idea.
What do you think? For someone who wants to continue down the path of being a writer, should I go back to school and accumulate more debt? Is it worth it?
Also, if you went back to school as an adult, how did you handle the cost of it?