If you're steeped in college loans while making a living selling yarn animals on Etsy (respect!), you might wish you'd taken the approach of college-dropout- turned-internet-hero, Billy Wilson. With a perfect 4.0 average, he dropped out of Kansas State University after one semester to pursue a career in not-paying-for-a-useless-degree. And the former student has no regrets, calling it "one of the best choices I've ever made."
In a Facebook manifesto which has gone viral, Wilson made some pretty strong points about why college is a waste of money and time. He also posted a picture of him flipping off his university sign. Brave man.
In the lengthy post, Wilson says paying for college is a "scam" and that the classes aren't even that useful. "Colleges are REQUIRING people to spend money taking gen. ed. courses to learn about the quadratic formula (and other shit they will never use) when they could be giving classes on MARRIAGE and HOW TO DO YOUR TAXES," he wrote. I would add: a class on how to pay off your hefty college loans.
As a counterpoint: I probably wouldn't have this job if I didn't have a college degree. And I went to a public university in Canada that was a lot cheaper than most U.S. schools. So there are alternatives to dropping out. But hey, you do you! For many, college is not the right path.
Clearly, Wilson's post struck a nerve, because it has been shared over 10,000 times. Incidentally, 10,000 is also the number of dollars it costs to go to a typical private U.S. college for about two months, not counting room, board, weed and beer money.