School Isn’t THAT Important

Today’s post is going to be a bit different from the posts that I tend to write. There’s usually a bulleted list with items that might help you in one way or another; today, however, is just a simple word of encouragement. It’s something that has been on my mind over the weekend, so I hope it may be able to help someone else who may be struggling with this.

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I was a straight-A student and even graduated valedictorian of my class back when I attended a two-year college. Ever since I’ve transferred to a university, my outlook on education changed completely. In a sense, I’ve just felt cheated like my hard work was for nothing. You’re always promised that if you do well in class and get incredible grades, amazing things await you. Unfortunately, that wasn’t the case for me. That was when I realized it doesn’t matter how hard you study – what matters is how hard you network. This world, at least in my experience in the business field, is all about who you know. Connections can make or break your life.

After this mini epiphany, I realized that I needed to gain better work experience. I went from interview to interview, even if I knew that I wasn’t going to get the job or that I wouldn’t take the job even if it was offered. I needed to practice my interview skills and raise my confidence level during interviews.

Once I started building up my work experience, I tended to prioritize work over school. If a class was only available during work hours, it meant that I couldn’t take it. No matter how many people tell that I need to study and keep my GPA at the highest level possible, I don’t regret focusing more on work rather than school. Not once have I been asked what my GPA is at interviews. This just further proves that it doesn’t matter how great of a study-er you are. Instead, my goal was to gain experience in a business setting. Doing so, I’ve gained a better idea of what I would like to do with my future. On top of that, I realized what I am more passionate about.

Granted, in the process I have extended length of my college/university education and will be graduating a bit later than planned. However, I’ve gained a better understanding of the future I would like to build for myself and my family.

My message to you is not that you should study less. My message is that you should experience the real world more. Unless you’re extremely passionate about learning from a textbook, real world experience is truly the best kind of education you can receive (in my opinion). Get to know people, try things that you have never tried before, get outside of your comfort zone, surround yourself with people who will push you and encourage you to pursue greater things. It’s ok if it takes you longer to get your degree, it’s not the end of the world. It is not worth endless all-nighters filled with studying if you are going to be cooped up in your own little bubble.

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This is what’s been on my heart lately. I’m tired of being looked down upon because I choose to study less than others. It doesn’t make me less smart than the person who studies more. We are all smart in our own ways and pursuing different paths in life. If you are experiencing something similar, I don’t want you to feel as if you are doing something wrong.

Feel free to contact us if you are feeling guilty about anything mentioned in this post. We’ll be happy to lift your spirits :-)

Disclaimer: I’m not saying that you should not study.

-Alena Y.