Silver Supporting Member
- Sep 6, 2017
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It has become the "thing" to knock college education these days, and possibly with some good reason (due partially to the exorbitant fees charged by Universities nowadays) but back when me and all my buddies were teen-agers, it was the accepted thing that you went to college after you got out of high school.
I worked my way thru college (no loans for me, just part time jobs... mostly as a Janitor!) and eventually, after 7 years and a few drop-out semesters, I got a bachelor's degree from NAU in Flagstaff Arizona in 1978. I had a great time at the University, did some partying, played in cool bands and learned country drumming, backpacked the Grand Canyon (Geology field trip!), and met some great hiking buddies, a few girlfriends and lotsa fellow musicians. I later went on to get two more undergraduate degrees in Art and Music. I loved my time in Flagstaff, and would not trade those years of experience, music, schooling and friends for all the tea in China.
On the other hand, I was always a fix-it guy (my dad was an electrician) and I worked for years as a music store guitar tech here in Prescott. I still work on guitars daily, I love it. Believe it or not, it is very relaxing.
Cannot fix a diesel engine (well, I never tried) but I CAN wire an electric guitar or a house, and I CAN get college degrees. Using tools/fixing things and getting educated do not have to be mutually exclusive.
PS: I really enjoyed being a janitor at NAU... work at your own pace, relaxing, listen to music while you work... not a bad gig.
I wish more people took a long view of life like this. No big deal to take 7 years or longer to earn a bachelor's degree. Life is a marathon. Do cool stuff. Be an interesting person. Your life isn't over if you don't get it right by your 22nd birthday.