If you read my first blog post, you know that I attended University and that I had not a very enjoyable time there.
I just felt like that I don’t belong there and always had a weird feeling in my stomach whenever I entered the premises. And if you feel the same way, it is totally fine. There are so many other options that we can choose from. Every person is different. Maybe you are the kind of person that prefers to start a career already and don’t wanna waste time. Or you feel like you wanna explore the world and its wonders for a year or two. Do it, as long as you feel it is the right thing to do and as long as it makes you happy, you know your decision wasn’t wrong.
“Study without desire spoils the memory, and it retains nothing that it takes in.”
Let me tell you one thing, if you are not interested or feel like that you don’t want to continue your studies, whether you go to College or University, then it’s probably better if you look for something else. Otherwise you are just wasting your time with something you never really wanted at the first place. Either because society tells you that you only got that one choice or because people around you pressure you to do so. Could be parents, relatives, friends etc..
We all have to figure out who we are on our own. Our actions do not always define who we are. If you leave University or change your work place, then feel free to do so. There are so many options in life and what other people think about you does not matter. It does not. Your happiness is what matters in life. We can be happy without being rich. Money isn’t everything. I know that it helps, like a lot.., it makes everything so much easier.
So, back to my experience. First of all, most people I met at University were either not very nice or not helpful at all. There were only a few teachers who actually cared about their students and tried to help them. Secondly, I realised that most people were smart but in a different way. They were book-smart. Meaning they studied information by heart about their area of study, but if you asked for a solution to something or get it explained differently, they are not able to do that. I guess we get taught to do that in school but I was still shocked that that didn’t change in University.
“A university is just a group of buildings gathered around a library.”
My favourite place in University was the library. Name any book, you could find it there. Old books, new books, whatever you desire. Starting from Freud to Nietzsche. The library is the heart of every University and should be worth being checked out by those who seek knowledge. But in the end, you could go to a public library and find many interesting books there too. Maybe even some that University don’t have? By the way, if you wonder where the oldest library is in the world, it is located in Fez, Morocco. Imagine all the incredible knowledge that might be found there.
So, my advice to you if you are just looking for knowledge and you don’t really care about a degree, don’t get too disappointed if you go to University and things are different than they appear to be.