College Myths & Alternatives
What else can you do besides college?
My Dream Schools: Despite all this, I will be applying for this school: Minerva. Students stay in San Francisco the first year and go to 6 other cities around the world the rest three years, one city per semester. I sincerely believe that Minerva is the school of the 21st century.
Part of it is a higher education with the open-mindedness to transform all of its students into global citizens (I am a wannabe digital nomad who believes that global remote working is the future trend). Part of it is its attitude to evaluate its candidates holistically, rather than how most other colleges are with test scores and GPAs – something I believe to have less importance today. Part of it is its forward-thinking attitude about guiding students the mindset to think critically and grow exponentially, instead of teaching mere theoretical knowledge. And part of it is having a lean model of ridding the unnecessaries – buildings and tangible barriers, and replace it with a game-changing system – online learning platforms where everyone can be easily connected (which reflects a degree of Minimalism that I resonate with).
I can just feel myself becoming so happy and alive seeing those who currently attends there, even on the other side of the screen when I am researching about them. I can only imagine surrounding myself with those people in college and becoming so inspired and satisfied with my decisions to the path of higher education.
I guess I am just a nonconformist.
- Decrease spending and limit liabilities: when you don’t have to spend tens of thousands of dollars on schooling, that’s a big plus and relief from paying off the student loan. Also, there goes the nomadic way of leveraging different existing markets to achieve productivity more economically. That is, by living in developing countries like Thailand and working remotely, you can earn a developed country paycheck, with a bit of trade off on, perhaps, the quality of goods that you would get in a developed country. Or, you can become a minimalist and simply be homeless, car-less, and possession-less, which is a great way to skip the pressure of getting a secured job and paying off liabilities that make you in debt. Plus, you can trade those materialistic burdens for mental and physical freedom, so why not? Humans are not made to take and possess things, but to give and serve; you’ll likely feel much more fulfilled if you did the opposite than what one would normally expect. When is ever enough? When we think it’s enough.
- Increase income and invest in assets: Like I mentioned before, the goal is to become unemployed by establishing a source of passive income. This can be established by investigating and purchasing value-based stocks at an early age to selling information such as courses online or setting up a system of automatic drop-shipping. If you want to be more personal, you can go from starting a simple niche blog of your liking or a Youtube channel. Furthermore, there’s always the option of learning a specific skill – programming, web design, etc. to become a freelancer. Also, if you don’t know already, working abroad for 330 days (you can still spend 35 days with your family at home) will eliminate at least partially of your income tax – FEIE , that is, for those in the U.S.
- Plus, you always have the option to live for absolutely free, from couchsurfing , wwoofing , housesitting , hitchhiking , to even dumpster diving (safely). The list goes on. Your creativity will thrive under “life-threatening” situations and help you survive. Of course, this is not a sustainable way of living, but it sure can give you quite an experience and something with which to start.