‘People my age and of the next upcoming generation sometimes don’t understand the value of college beyond just getting that piece of paper…the degree…and how one can actually grow with it. I graduated from Arizona State University and it was the biggest achievement in my life thus far.
I had a 2.3 GPA in high school and wanted to go to the Olympics for water polo. Things didn’t work out very well. I went to a junior college and survived a school shooting and then transferred to Arizona State. I went to the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and achieved a 3.3 GPA at graduation. I was involved on campus and in Greek life and it was a great experience that I’ll never forget.
I’m currently in over $100,000 of debt and as much as I want to cry and complain about it, and sometimes do, I think the experience has provided so much value than I could have imagined. Even if I was a C-average student, I pushed for what I wanted. There are people out there who are dumber than rocks who have degrees and there are people out there who are extremely smart and don’t have degrees. Having that piece of paper doesn’t define your intelligence. It just shows the world how hard you’re willing to work and grind your face off to get where you want to go.’