i see a lot of bitching from students, particularly college, about finishing school, but for fuck’s sake, do it. if you let every little drama get in the way of getting that g.d. degree, allow me to show you your future.
1. you’ll be okay for a while, working the same meaningless, mundane jobs as your friends, you know, the ones who remained in school after you dropped out. maybe a couple of them tried to persuade you to reconsider. but no. this guy/girl/family problem/meltdown came first. you could always go back next year and finish. right now you are enjoying all this extra time to sleep, goof off and waste your time on a variety of different activities and people. you’re young. there is still plenty of time.
2. you will listen to your friends that are still in school talk about how hard it is, it’s all they can do to keep up. and you’ll shake your head and feel bad for them and maybe even a little superior because you knew your limits and knew you needed this time for yourself while you could enjoy it, and know that you can always go back next year and finish.
3. then you might not see as much of these friends that are still in school. you might just not feel like listening to them talk about their papers that are due, projects, internships, interviews, etc. and maybe they aren’t so keen to listen to you talk about what a jerk your supervisor is because you think getting only half an hour for lunch is unfair, or the social status of every employee at Wal-Mart. But it doesn’t matter, because you can always go back next year and finish.
4. when they eventually graduate, you will feel mildly envious, knowing they are done, they won the elusive degree and approval of their peers and parents. but it’s just inspiration to go back next year and finish. meanwhile, you have to pass on the graduation parties because that girl you don’t like called in sick (again!) and you have to work a double.
5. after a few months you don’t think about going back as much. you are getting up for work, you are making coffee before you run out the door, you are paying your electric bill on your lunch hour, you are eating fast food en route to your second job. you are a grown up. you don’t need school for that. besides, you think you might look into taking a few classes next fall next year to work on finishing your degree.
6. next thing you know, you are almost 50. you never went back. you found a job that you could do that pays just enough to get by and you got used to it; you got comfortable with it. you totally lost touch with your former friends you went to school with. now you go on their facebook pages and see their successes and think - they weren’t that materialistic and phony when i knew them. no, they weren’t. they are just enjoying the payoff of their hard work. you were just immature and unrealistic and they were not.
7. now you would give anything to go back to school to get a degree - in damned near ANYthing - flower arranging, for piss sakes, to get you out of the job you have now. because you’re trapped. you can’t afford school, you don’t have the time. you look for new jobs every now and then and cringe every time you see what degree is required for a job you would like to do. one you think you could do easily. but you can’t because you don’t have a degree.
bottom line: you still have choices when you are young and in school. don’t fuck that up and live a life without choices. it’s embarrassing. you’ll have friends who went to school, got the degree, paid their dues. and they might call and say - everybody’s going to such-and-such for the weekend, you ought to come, or even - let’s get dinner - but you can’t. because you are THAT broke. you are working like a dog to get by and you will be long past retirement. you try not to think of your future because you are too afraid.
don’t be an idiot. stay in school. STAY IN FUCKING SCHOOL. trust me, no matter how hard school may be, life can be A LOT harder.