I Shouldn’t have Gone to University
If I could go back in time, I would not have gone to university, and maybe not even high school, middle school or elementary. I had a B+ average in high school. As a brain-fogged, ADD teen, I couldn’t focus for more than 20 minutes at a time, and studied 1 or 2 hours a day, at most. My nonverbal IQ is probably 115. That estimate is not from IQ tests but from comparing myself to brighter peers, assuming the average medical and engineering student has an IQ of 125 and 128 respectively. I noticed a sometimes huge gap between myself and them in areas such as knowledge base, writing ability, memory, problem solving, creativity, and even social skills and morality/ethics.
I thought I had to go to university because everyone from my school was going. I didn’t know of any of the myriad positive and productive alternatives such as: community college, trade school, self-study, working, taking time off, traveling, or starting a business.
University was long, hard, boring, and meaningless. I sat through a bunch of courses mostly taught by upper middle class white men. Most were good people but I had nothing in common with them. I got a BA in a social science that employers don’t want unless it’s from an elite school, and my school wasn’t. I stupidly took two advanced courses as electives, and they destroyed my GPA. This prevented me from going on to grad school or law school. I never contacted anyone after graduation, and due to a bad economy, social anxiety, and lack of connections or information, I never worked in my field of study.
Instead of wasting time and money at univ, I would have gotten a certificate in web design or CAD design and started working at age 19 or 20. I am good with visual stuff such as color and drawing, because my dad worked in such a field and I have some of his aptitude. I also could have followed my passion and studied under a martial arts master in Korea and eked out a living as an assistant teacher.
I don’t think I am univ material and there are too many people in univ, especially in the past 20 years. In Canada, 53% of 25 to 64 year olds are university grads but Canada’s economy doesn’t have many white collar jobs. Meanwhile, in Korea, 68% of 25 to 34 year olds are univ graduates, so almost a third of these grads have an IQ lower than that country’s average (105)! There’s nothing wrong with having a lower IQ but such people might not be suited for jobs requiring extensive academic knowledge. That would be like me trying to play in the NBA or be a male model when I lack the physical attributes.
College used to be for bright kids who study 10+ hours a day or prep school kids guaranteed a job by their dad or uncle. I am neither and most kids in college probably aren’t either, and are probably wasting their time and money.
Knowledge can be gained from reading and online discussions. I read hundreds of books on my own and learned more from that than from school. Social interaction can be gained from clubs, sports, meetups or just meeting people outside. Being in the same school or class doesn’t help people get to know each other as I was pretty much ignored and friendless for my entire schooling.