i wish i could go back to college. not in a re-live my youth way, or a professional development way, but in having the opportunity all over again as a 36-year-old. i don’t think i really ever took advantage of the amazing opportunity that college is. being sequestered in a relatively small space, your own world, with peers of equivalent intelligence, presented with a book of courses that you can pick from based on what interests you, with relatively everything you need within a 2-mile area, is something i’d really enjoy now as an adult.
i didn’t take college very seriously. i didn’t do what i should have academically, and slid by. how stupid is that. when else in life are we given the opportunity to have our sole purpose be to learn about literature or art? where we don’t have to worry about jobs, children, family, mortgages, etc.? how idyllic is that? was that?
maybe college shouldn’t be wasted on the young. maybe we should be catapulted into the work force out of high school, where we can toil and earn with the energy and vigor of youth, while we think about what we want to do with our lives and the academic direction we should take. then after that we could approach university life with more thought, dedication, appreciation.
or maybe it’s just me, and everyone else just got it right the first time.