My Brother Thinks College Is Pointless and Here’s What I Told Him to Do
Many of you already know my college story.
The quick summary:
I pursued an accounting degree to please my parents, graduated in 2014 and in 2016, dropped the career entirely and went on a year-long trip to Costa Rica to figure out what I really wanted.
My younger brother just returned back from his first-year of college.
Lately, I’ve been finding myself in the odd predicament of trying to give “responsible” sisterly advice while also holding my tongue from blurting out what I would actually do.
My brother is of opinion that college is pointless.
Right off the bat, I know there’s no way in heck I’m going to talk him over the edge on this one, I’m going to let him draw that conclusion on his own. But the one thing I’ve repeatedly told him is he needs to start figuring out something that he likes and start working on it now.
Today, I was drilling him with questions:
“Don’t you like to draw?”
“What about learning Photoshop to start making some t-shirt designs or logos or whatever you like.”
“Yeah, maybe that’s something.”
“Do you like to write?”
“No, only when I’m in the mood.”
“Do you like to talk to other people?”
“Well, what else do you like?”
“I like technology, like gadgets and stuff”
“Okay, great! Start a Youtube channel talk about the tech”
“But that costs money…”
“You can figure out a way to make it work.”
We eventually trail off, but there’s more conversation to be had before he returns to school in a couple weeks.
If he starts now, I know in 4-years he’ll thank himself.
I would know. I wish I had started podcasting and blogging at 20–right now I would have 10 years of content under my belt.
Of course, that’s neither here nor there, but the awesome thing is now I have the opportunity “to show someone the light” I didn’t see back then.
When I disliked what I was doing in my early twenties, the only thing I was constantly told was, “Just hang in there and do what you need to do.”
For someone like me it was the worst advice ever.
Instead of hearing that I needed to keep doing something I strongly disliked, I would have loved to hear some practical advice on how to do something different. I don’t need to tell my brother what to do with college but I can help him figure out what he wants instead.
There are too many people doing things that make them unhappy and if they knew there was a way out, maybe they’d try to take it. It’s already 10 pm but we’re going to do some brainstorming this evening.
Thanks for reading- I will see you guys on the next one!