Just so you know that I’m not totally an “anti-college” poster holder over here, and that I do believe some people do need to go to college to be able to fulfill their calling, I thought I would use this post to share with you a little more of my story. Here ya go:
I tried the college thing… twice. The year I graduated high school I got a job, moved out of state, had all of my classes signed up and ready to go and then life happened. I realized that realistically without any financial aid or loans there was no way I was going to be able to pay for school, rent, food and cab fair. (My car at the time was broken and a state away… but, I. had. this.)
So, I dropped some classes.
I was still a month or two out from classes actually starting and I was already miserable. I worked from 1pm to 10pm and my classes would be starting around 7am… I could handle that, I had been waking up around 6am and going to bed around 10pm for the last thirteen years of my life (public school). Piece of cake!
One day my dad decided to come into town and do some shopping; he was going to say hello and maybe take me to lunch. On the way he got in an accident. It was pretty bad. When I got the call I fell on my knees and started praying. I called work, said that I could not come in and headed over to the hospital. (Thank you Lord for saving my dad and bringing him through this hard time.) With so much going on and not knowing how money was going to be, I decided to drop the rest of my classes and put the whole college business on hold.
The next year (due to pressure) I began looking for colleges, I was now working full time and decided that it might be smarter to save up for awhile first (but, I assured those who were pushing college at me that I planned on going the next year). Not only was I not sure about how to go about getting a loan I was quite content with the idea of not having to make payments for the rest of my life to get a piece of paper I may never use.
Then this last year; well, I was working two jobs and then ended up moving hours away to where I am now… I couldn’t be happier! My everyday life is my “job.” I don’t have an alarm clock or have to “punch” the clock. I get to spend my days serving those around me, reading, writing, learning languages, baking and (now that I have this blog) writing to you!
This year I may not know what I am going to be doing a couple months from now… but, I know what I’m not. I am not starting or stressing over college. Now, when people ask me what I want to do, or what I am doing “next” I have an answer: “This.”
As for the (“Yeah, okay, but what about the-“) “future” …well, I believe God is preparing me to be a wife and stay-at-home-homeschooling-mom one day; and the only piece of paper I need for that is a marriage license… but, I’m still working on my “prerequisites.”
Are you currently in college?
What do you feel God is calling you to do?
…Does that require college/a degree?
Do you feel as though you are being pressured toward a certain career/decision/path are you happy doing this?
…Is the opinion of the person/people pressuring you more important than God’s?
Until next time; I pray your day, every day, is blessed.