Please Stop Telling Me My College Degree Will Be Useless

By Emily Bernstein

Being a college student sucks. It’s all midterms, spending thousands of dollars on books and food, and writing papers through the night. At times, I think, oh I could drop out and still make it big. But alas, life just doesn’t work like that for all of us. *sigh*

We can’t all have a great idea and make millions on it. So I sit in classrooms, toiling away, learning about how to write a good poem, learning about literature, and talking about politics. Because, yes, I’m a Creative Writing major.

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So, okay, even with college, I may not make it big. But that doesn’t mean I’m not going to try.

You might say, “But you don’t need college to be a writer.” You might say, “But who wants to read poetry anyway?” You might say, “Why aren’t you majoring in something more practical?” And, oh, how these questions irritate me.

I don’t need you telling me that what I’m studying isn’t reasonable. I really don’t need that in my life. Writing is my passion. Poetry is my passion. Learning about it all and getting to practice it in classes is my passion.

Instead of studying something “practical” for life (which, by the way, isn’t really practical at all since most college students aren’t getting hired in their chosen field anyway), I’m studying something that’s “practical” to me .

I’m studying something I love, something I can look forward to and be passionate about when I talk to other people. And yeah, I may not make it big as a writer anytime soon, but that doesn’t mean I can’t dream.

Sure, I may not make it big ever, but I don’t need to drive a Tesla, live in a mansion, have three homes in different countries to be happy. Sure, I may wish for more money in the future, but I’d rather be doing something I love — going home fulfilled — than do something I hate for good money.

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