So as I am sitting here watching my clicks rise and Twitter followers rise and viewers of http://www.CristinMcGrath.com rise, I am forced to rethink my entire outlook on life. Was going to college necessary? I was not the first in my family to graduate, so there wasn’t a large celebration or that proud moment. I was just another McGrath to do it. So why did I just spend/waste 4 years of my life and $45,000+ attending classes to learn things that were innate in me. I knew how to write creatively, I knew how to design a brochure…I had been doing it since I was 12. Professors, I love you and everything, but did I really need to pay you $100,000+/year?
I’m going to have a take a firm stand, and say “HELL NO!” I have now realized that college is unnecessary. I feel as though if you have enough drive and passion for what you do, you will find a way to make it work. When I came out of college without any sort of job lined up, I thought my life was over. Even 3 days after graduation, friends were telling me to relax because I was having a miniature mental breakdown, or MMB. This MMB resulted in my creating a personal web page, a professional Twitter, redoing my entire resume, applying for close to 65+ positions and screaming at my mother whenever she suggested moving home. 3 DAYS! Most people would welcome the EXTREMELY needed vacation, but I am unlike most people. I need to be on the move, doing something creative at all times of the day. That is why I chose public relations; the appeal of 60+ hour work weeks did not deter me but ENTICED me to pursue this field.
But now, looking back, I don’t think my degree is gratuitous. I’m happy I did it and my memories from college will never be replaced, but I know and have known that I am passionate enough to make ANYTHING possible. As long as there is drive and desire, you will make something out of nothing.