I don't want to go to college but my teacher told me I have to study english to be a writer. My mom told me that I shouldn't tell her I wanted to be a waitress 'cause that's not a career. She basically said it was beneath me. Do you think I should go to a four year college?
Let me tell you something: Bill Gates, creator of Microsoft, and Mark Zuckerburg, creator of Facebook were both college drop-outs.
I personally want to be an author myself, and I thought about going to college for journalism to pay the bills. Then I began thinking: I know someone who's graduating college with 45,000 DOLLARS IN DEBT, and her sister is graduating with 90,000.
Now, I'm not saying that college is all bad. It all depends on the career you want to go into. If you want to be a doctor, teacher, psycologist, ect. yeah, you need to go and get a degree. But for WRITING? Ask yourself: Did Shakespeare go to college for writing? Did Stephen King? Did Maurice Syndak or Jane Austen? Absolutely NOT!
Personally, I don't think it's necessary in a writing career to take more classes. What's necessary is EXPERIENCE. Do you know what I plan to do with "college" money saved up? I'm going to travel. I'm going to get experience, and write while doing it.
In the meantime, polish your skills. Start a blog, submit an artcle to a magazine. Also, develop a few skills that you can market. I've been working for my mother, a photographer, and really learning the trade. If I'm in need of money in the future, I can always shoot a quick wedding or some senior pictures.
The key is to know what's right for YOU. If you think college classes will help you become a better writer, then by all means, go for it. But please PLEASE don't waste a bunch of money on a degree that will be useless. I have an Aunt with a Bachelors in French Art, a Masters in 17th century french paintings, and a Ph.D in FRENCH DUFFBOXES! Se spent 8 years getting her Ph.D and now she can't get a job that pays more than 25,000 a year.
This is a big choice, but make it YOUR choice. Good luck!
Gosh! Thanks so much. If we had a rating system I'd for sure give you 5 stars. :) You really helped.
I agree with a lot that Katsa08 said. Except, I would still go to college if you had the money. But don't take writing as your major if you do. If you are actually thinking about not going to college to become a writer, you'd better be a darned good one if you expect to make a living out of it. You don't even have to do four years. Try it out. Maybe do something new. If writing doesn't work out for you, you'll have a backup. And sometimes, people can get twenty novels published and still not make enough money to keep a house, feed their children, and buy groceries. In a way, you'd be getitng a lot of experience from taking the class, too. This is your decision, though. Don't rush it.
Yeah I see the pros and cons from going to college, and also not going. College is such a structured place to learn. I mean IN the classes, not the whole college experience. I would like to be able to experience on my own, but in college you do have at least the slightess chance of getting somewhere. :) Thanks.
Another pro to college is that you would make great connections that might result in a job down the line. Also, you're teachers would push you out of your comfort zone and introduce you to writers you wouldn't have known about otherwise.