Here is a little verse written back in 2011 to help you if you are considering the UnCollege.org approach to learning and the UnCollege Gap Year program. I just finished speaking with an alumni from the first group of fellows. He attributes his current success to what he learned during the program. I’ll share the details of his story as soon as I get it written, but for now, some fun and truth from this rhymin’ mama.
The time is now here
To face your great fear
About college this year?
Public or Private, Community or Ivy?
Which major? Which field? What kind of degree?
How long will it take?
What will your debt be?
And will you find a job when you finally get done?
Or only have debt with no time for fun?
Oh so much pressure
To go off to college just like everyone.
Because, if you don’t go
I am sure that you know,
“Would you like fries with that?”
Will be your unending woe.
Isn’t there only ONE road to success?
And if you don’t go won’t your life be a mess?
“You can’t all be Zuckerberg,”
People love to profess
But what if there IS a door number four?
A great way to learn and not become poor?
To use creativity
To follow your heart and even learn MORE!
What about that idea I’ve heard called UnCollege?
Outside of classrooms you still can gain knowledge,
You can learn in the world,
Without paying a mortgage!
Reading, and research, travel and more,
Internships, mentors and experience galore!
What do YOU want to learn?
Let your mind soar!
It’s not for the lazy, nor the faint-hearted.
You’ll need to work hard and have to get started,
Finding work-shops or conferences,
And attending events even if you get carded.
Look everywhere for ways to connect: Facebook, Linked-in, Twitter and lo,
Amazing things happen when YOU help YOURSELF grow.
So forget the limits, reach for the stars!
And as Dr. Seuss said, “Oh! The places you’ll go!”
Sorry- I can’t stop thinking in rhyme or using these sentimental photos!
I published this on August 11, 2011 – almost two years ago now! Time flies. Some things have changed. Do you think this still applies?
How do you handle your angst about choices you are making?
I’d love to hear from you. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or find me on Twitter @lisanalbone. Please share my poetic masterpiece with a friend who could use a smile.