How many of you have said to yourself ” I am tired of this class, I don’t even need it to graduate.” What about ” It is people that didn’t even go to college that are making lots of money.” With so many different careers to choose from, and paths to take in life, you may find yourself asking “Do I really need to go to college?” I honestly don’t think that there is a right or wrong answer to that question. Although I just graduated, there were times when I was still in college where I would wonder what will my career would be post graduation, and will it even be in something that I majored in. There are many people who go to college and major in one thing, and graduate and end up doing something totally different from what they thought. Then its like that person has waisted all that time, and most of all MONEY, in school for nothing.
It seems like every time we look around, there is always someone becoming famous because of a YouTube video that went viral, or a sex tape that just so happen to leak. When we look at things like this it causes us to wonder if we could just skip school and get rich from a “gimmick” , or any other “get rich quick scheme” , that would make us financially stable for the rest of our lives. Even after I graduated I still wondered was it work it. After 5 years in college, and a Sales and marketing degree, I now have to pay back Sallie Mae and all the other men and women who loaned me thru college. I look at people like Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates (who became billionaires at young ages without finishing college), and wonder why I couldn’t have been brilliant enough to become a billionaire by the age of 23!
Now on the contrary to all of this thinking, I realize that had I not attended and graduated from college, I would not have met such wonderful people, joined two organizations, and formed the relationships that I did. College was a time of making lifelong friendships, experiences and most of all growth. I am definitely not the same person that I was 5 years ago. I feel as though graduating gave the feeling of accomplishment, and completion. I started something that was tedious, tiring, time consuming and a list of other things, but I finished it. Honestly I think even if I was afforded the opportunity of becoming wealthy while attending school, I don’t think I would have done anything differently. I am thankful for all that I have been through and the experiences God has put my way. It has made me a much stronger person and I wouldn’t it any other way.
How many times have you heard someone say “I’m not worried about the price, I’m balling anyway.” or ” I just got my refund check so I’m balling.” True as a college student those refund checks come in handy, especially when that is the most piece of money a lot of students will see the whole year. But what happens after those refund checks are gone? What happens when mommy and daddy’s “support my student fund” runs low? A lot of people try and live beyond their means not only just in school, but in everyday life. Why do you need to spend $300 on a pair of shoes, or $150 for a t-shirt to go to class? Now if you can afford those expensive items then by all mean treat yourself to them. Now when I say afford, I mean YOU not YOUR PARENTS! Going into your parents pocket every week for a loan, or still getting allowances, DOES NOT mean that you can afford something. It just simply means that your parents are gracious enough to still support you and your habits while you are in school or until they decide to cut you off. Back when I was in college I always had a job, dating all the way back to high school. There is just a certain sense of achievement when you can say that you have your own. I had nice Coach bags, and would always stay on the internet looking for a new outfit, but guess what, I could afford it. I could afford it without asking my parents for anything, and more importantly I am a bargain shopper. I did and still do look for the best deals in whatever I do, thanks to my parents!
There are too many men and women in the world spending beyond their means. They feel like they have to keep up with the Joneses, when in reality, they can’t afford the Joneses. Just be real and tell yourself and say “I can’t afford that.” There are plenty times when I may be at the mall or watching TV and see and expensive piece of jewelry or pair of shoes that I like, and may even think about getting, then I have to bring myself back to reality and realize that I can’t afford that. Even if I could afford the item, I still don’t need it! People feel the need to look like their favorite celebrity, or maybe even one of their family members, but guess what, THEY CAN AFFORD WHAT THEY HAVE! I don’t understand why someone would spend their rent money, or money that could be used for their children on an expensive item, just to say they have it.
The next time you are at the mall and you are thinking about paying $300 for the designer bag or $200 for a shirt with a horse on it, ask yourself “Can I really afford this ?”
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