Doing something other than college right now, for me, wasn’t an option. I had a feeling that if I told myself I was going to do something else with my life until I really decided what I was going to do, I would only find myself stuck in a hole, working part time for the rest of my life. This wouldn’t be that bad if you loved what you did. But within the college, and specifically within my program, I’ve found a lot of new friends I wouldn’t have found otherwise.
I’m also at a point in my life where I’m ready for change. I’ve been stuck in the small city of North Bay for my entire life and I’m finally admitting to myself that I’m ready to jump out into the real world with open arms and accept all the life changes and consequences that will come with it. College is preparing me slowly for this, and I feel like I’m going to leave here with a good head on my shoulders and a good sense of what I want to accomplish with my life, whether it be a social or professional thing.
On the topic of professionalism, I feel like high school doesn’t really actually teach you anything about discipline and self-administration when it comes to doing things and getting things done. The teachers will chase you for your assignments, they’ll nag you about not showing up to class (whether you’re late or didn’t show up at all), and they’ll treat you like a child. I was tired of that, and college taught me the demand of respecting due dates, coming to class on time (even on those mornings when you really don’t want to wake up and get out of bed), and forcing yourself to work well with the people you might not exactly get along with.
So why college now? Because I feel like it’s my only chance to prepare myself for the real world. If I didn’t do it now, I feel it would never be done.