Friday, July 6, 2012

15-Day Challenge: Day 6 Why Not?

Linking up with Sar for another day of her 15-Day blogging challenge. I have really enjoyed the challenge so far, and if you haven't linked up yet, there is still plenty of blogging fun ahead. Why not join, too?

[6] What's something you've always wanted to do but haven't? Why not?

I would say "Go to Europe", but I crossed that off my bucket list last year (woo hoo!). So I will have to go with...

I wish I had graduated college. When I graduated high school, I wasn't sure what I wanted to do with my life, so I thought attending our local community college made sense. Wrong! It was much too similar to high school, with all the distractions it provided. I thought I was wasting my dad's money to attend school when I had no idea of the end goal. At 17, I thought everyone who attended a four-year school had their life already planned out. Little did I know that many students change majors and don't make any grand decisions for several years. Regardless, I don't know if I wasn't open to guidance, or if I didn't receive any. I don't recall anyone sitting down with me and giving me the push I needed to move out of town and take a chance on myself. After a quarter or two at the local college, I accepted a government job and never looked back.

During the course of my career I earned a two-year Associate degree, but I often wonder how my life would have been different if I had taken the opportunity to pursue that four-year degree. Then again, I have no fault with how my life turned out, so maybe the path I chose really was the best for me.

I was recently encouraged to go back to school to get that four-year degree. Not sure what I would do with a degree if I had it, and it seems pointless to get one just to say I did. Hmmm...



  1. I did not want to go to college, but I'm glad that I did. I know it must be much easier to get a degree as a teenager without a family or a spouse to care for. If you want to go back to know, I'd say go for it! But you've probably learned more with your longer life experience than most of us 20 year olds with a piece of paper that says we're educated.

  2. The neat part is, since you already have an associate's degree, it wouldn't be too hard to take some classes and finish your four year degree. Plus, you could get a BA and then Scott & I would tell everybody our mother was officially a badass (get it? BA?). ;)

  3. I didn't go to college right out of high school. I was terrified that I wouldn't make it. It took me a long time decide if it would be worth it. I think you be great at school. Plus, you have experience to back you up. But, I agree there is nothing wrong with not having a four year degree. I think it all depends on what you are happy with.

  4. Eh... both me and my husband have degrees. Neither of us has ever used them. Not once. The only good thing that I got our of college was my husband haha. If you have something you want to do and it needs a degree then go for it! If not... save your money and take another trip to Europe. :)

  5. Liz - I felt the same way out of High School and did not go to college - did not get pushed to go, did not feel I had the plan and I was working for the government at the time. But I did get my degree in 2006 a BA in Business. Although it was thru a couple of community colleges and then online thru Washington State University - I don't regret it. It is never to late to get that degree. If anything it will keep you busy (right - like you aren't already)...