Dear College Degree,
Amy here. I have a few things to say. I want to start by saying that I think of you often. Mostly on the 4th and 12th of every month when I go to pay my student loans. A lot has changed since you first came into my life. And I never quite knew just how big of an impact you would have over me. So in the spirit of catching up, allow me to fill you in on what you’ve done.
For starters, I’m now a wedding photographer. And the part of you that is my major in Supply Chain Management does not help me as much. All of the technical rules, codes and formulas I learned to get you are now forgotten. I have to admit, there isn’t a whole lot of technical skill that I learned in college that I apply to my career today.
When I tell people that I’m a wedding photographer, a lot of them don’t think you’re in my life. But I know you’re there.
At times, I feel really bitter towards you. I get angry that I fought so hard to get you. I feel broke because of you. And it’s hard for me to see the good you’ve given me. At other times, I feel almost guilty for not using you the way I use to. I feel like I abandoned you. I feel like I let you down and you could have gone to a better home.
Now, let me tell you why I love you.
You gave me a very technical education in supply chain management, which is the study of efficiency in business. It’s been called the “engineering of business”. And when I graduated college and began working, I hated using you. But after a closer look, I now see that you gave me so much more than this.
You gave me four years of growth. Within that time, I was represented with obstacles, journeys and victories that would not have molded me the same way if I were not pursing you. You gave me the opportunity for friendships and sisterhoods. You put me in an environment that I could study business for four years. And even though I didn’t choose to pursue an entrepreneurship degree, you still gave me fundamental education that I use every day.
Because of you, I feel confident. I know I have an advantage that not everyone has. I know if I decided to return to supply chain, you would help me.
I also know that I may not have been a wedding photographer if it wasn’t for you. I don’t believe everyone needs you to succeed. And somedays I feel like I’m paying for something I no longer use. But at the end of the day, I’m grateful you’re in my life. I’m grateful that I fought to get you and that my parents created a life for me that made it easier to get you.