I'm on my first year of my Bachelor's for Elementary Education and I feel that my courses are such a waste of time. While I would probably enjoy being a teacher, I think that too much of the curriculum is pointless and serves very little purpose. I ultimately plan to get my Master's in Speech Pathology, but that seems like forever away. In the mean time, I have years of going through the motions just to get my degree.
I just want to help people. I don't necessarily care if I'm a Speech Pathologist or not. I want to do something that has meaning and that is in line with the person I am striving to become.
Has anyone ever given up their educational goals to volunteer, travel, or just do something more meaningful? I'd love to hear about your experiences because I feel pretty conflicted right now.
I did. I'm in my 30s now and back in school finishing up. I recommend getting at least your bachelores degree unless you have a really great plan in place. I dropped out my sophmore year but I also had a really good job and was able to move up with my company and gain a lot of experience. I want to get my masters but am stuck finishing my bachelors degree first. If you don't have anything in place keep going, you won't regret it.
Yea. I really think I should get my degree, too. I really don't have any plans in place, so that would be the wisest and most mature decision I could make.
I know what you mean. It seems pointless and you feel like you are selling out to the system. I look at it more long term. If I get my degree and can save, I can buy piece of land and build a sustainable home, with solar panels, a well, a garden etc. All paid in full and no mortgage. Once I have a place to live, I can start learning how to be self-sufficient and reduce my impact on the planet.
Very true. Thinking about the future is what keeps me going. Eventually it will all be worthwhile, but for now, it just feels like I am not doing anything of value. I just want to feel alive and I don't want to delay such a feeling...I know I can choose to feel alive right now because I'm in control of how I feel, but I can't disillusion myself. ahhh, I feel stuck!
How 'bout doing something right now that makes you feel alive in your spear time? Doesn't have to be many hours every week, as I recon being a full time student pretty much consumes most of it right now anyway, but maybe just one hour or two hours or what ever? You know what you can do.. Either either as a volunteer helping people (as I understand this is really your passion), find something you like, something that really touches your heart and a way of helping that allows you to really utilize YOUR qualities as a person... That way you wont have to feel like all of your time is wasted, and who knows what experience you acquire might even help you to further your career down the road as well?.. Hope you'll feel more inspired soon.. :-)
Yes, that's exactly what I want to do! =D The problem is, I'm either at work or school and if I do happen to get a day off, I really need to use that time to relax. After having a night to think about all this, I'm feeling much more positive about the future. I'll have to work hard for the next few years, but after that, I can work for myself or at least work a very flexible schedule.
let's buy some land in chantaburi thailand, and setup a fruit community :D
That would be amazing! Are there such thing as fruit communities???
Hey, I'm in!!... :-D
You could teach overseas or wherever theres disadvantaged people willing to learn and trust me there is!
I've definitely considered that. I think I'm gunna stick it out and get my degree first. After that, I can come back to the idea of traveling overseas because it sounds like a great experience!
I started university 7 years ago, first physics and mathematics. After realizing that there's enough mathematics in physics, i canceled the mathematics part. After 3 years physics became too onesided, so I started a biology study parallel. Now I do physics or biology on a rotating basis – whatever I feel like. But I still don't even have a bacchelor after 7 years! Right now I'm just doing some classes about gardening, plant biology, wood technology and focus on Permaculture. So it's related to my study, but not the things I HAVE to do.
2 years ago I did some massage courses which I now know is my calling! This autumn I will travel the world, starting with asia, doing some further education in thai and ayurveda massages, and finding a place where i want to live – it's definitely too cold here in Austria, 6 months winter is too much! I also have an education as a climbing teacher and am positive that I can work worldwide with these abilities and make a living.
When destiny agrees I may finish my university education with an additional teachers degree, but I could care less because I know life will guide me.
FYI I realized when I started university: The education is NOT to give you information and prepare you for life, but for brainwashing you to be a small cog in the machine, working your ass off selling your body and intellect – in my eyes that's just another way of prostitution… So, just take what you like, leave the rest, do what you want and be happy – just don't get caught being an individual, because the system is allergic to that and will try to suck you in again!
Be grateful if you're still able to think for yourself, have faith in destiny and nothing will be able to stop you! And if someone throws stones in your way, build a house with them ;-)