I Didn’t Go To College, I Won’t Go To College, And That’s OK

I finished high school in 2014. I didn’t have plans for when I finished. High school pushed college on us. I wish that schools teach you other ways to be successful besides college. College doesn’t work for everyone. My old therapist, before she left, kept pushing going to college on me when I clearly told her I will not be able to handle the workload, the stress, the pressure, etc. I told her if I ever went to school it will be online. Honestly, going to college won’t guarantee a job. Plenty of college grads finish school and still don’t get hired. Tried telling her school and a job will be too overwhelming. I don’t want my studies to slip. That is all. So many kids fail school because of their job; not having time to study.

Someone sent me a message one time asking me if I planned on going to school instead of ‘watching videos on YouTube.’ And that ‘I need to do something until people can pay me to blog.’ They are not wrong. But why college of all the other things? I can take marketing courses to learn the proper way to promote my stuff etc.

I am sick of having going to college pushed on me. When I was down south someone asked me if I was going to college. Jeez, there is more than just college!

Go to college and struggle to pay student loans when I finish? Still struggle to find a job because employers don’t want people who had just finished school for some reason?

I just can’t go through having NTs hate me for being different, anymore. I always went through that throughout Jr. high and my freshman year of high school. Autism in adults get overlooked so what if that happens and I am left to struggle?

You don’t HAVE to go to college if your career choice doesn’t call for it. If you wanna be a doctor or a nurse that is one thing. Art, coding, music, owning a business, performing arts (like acting) can all be self-taught or you can take a course from someone to learn about these things.

I don’t want to go to college. That is plain and simple. Do not question me on it. It is a choice I made due to mental health and other reasons. College is not the only way to be successful. Schools simply do not teach other methods like trade school, joining the military. YouTube may not be a stable job due to demonetization. Get a website. Show ads on your site. Provide a product/service for people etc.

I do admit I set my priorities on trying to make it on YouTube because no one will hire me. Most employers do not want to hire people with disabilities, especially autism. Instead, I wanted to study how to make my videos better. The job market is unpredictable. No one knows what it could favor a year from now. Take someone who let’s say dropped out of college because it was too much for them and they study up on SEO and having an online empire. They lost their job at Walmart. They launch their e-empire and it’s successful because they took the time to study and improve their marketing vs someone who went to college, can’t get hired and they are in debt.

If someone doesn’t want to attend college, respect that, It’s time for schools to show other ways you can make it.

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aaliyahholt

It is my mission to replace stigmas with facts. There are so many stigmas and misinformation that surrounds autism. I am an aspiring writer who talks about autism and mental health. From sharing my experience to educating.

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