Originally Posted by Heidi Anschultz
Well here I have my mom having me talking to strangers about how I'll make it through. And I have you guys telling me to take the "easy" or at least, more fun, way.
Alicia, I remember reading an article, though I can't remember the author or the title of the article, but it was a college graduate journalist writing about how he went to visit a Swiss village for a week or a month and how he observed how they lived a simple life. They woke up at sunrise and went to bed at sunset, and they didn't do much. He concluded just that, that they did not accomplish much. They just existed.
Should I trust you guys or trust my mom, whom I've known my whole life? Mostly everyone around me appreciates material items and money. They eat junk and have poor health. They stress out and handle it by "partying." I don't get drunk or smoke or do drugs, and it suits me. Whatever suits you I guess. I would like to do things that I cannot because it is not viewed as good, and I guess if you care what others think, then do what they want you to do.
I'm trying to listen to my mom when she tells me to hang in there and get my civil engineering degree. But she is biased. Perhaps you guys are biased, because you care more about your health than job positions. Maybe even most of you guys did not go to college. Who knows. Generally, I don't care what she thinks, because fortunately, I have a life, and I can chose what I do with it.
I don't know who to trust, honestly. If I drop out of college, which I don't plan on doing, I would lose the 32 hours I have earned so far that would probably count towards any major. And if I stay, I will probably either continue with civil engineering or switch to environmental studies. Either way, my mom said any major is going to entail a lot of stress and that is what college is about.
Hang in there and finish your degree.
A degree is pretty common now and your mom probably wants you to be able to take care of yourself and to support yourself in future. If you want to have an easier life, you can do that after graduating, knowing that you have at least something to use if you suddenly need more money.
Almost every pathway in life involves some stress. The question whether you are able to manage the stress or not.
Having a simple life doesn't mean you have to drop everything and move to a mountainside to become a hermit (extreme example). It can mean going to college and socialising, but choosing your friends wisely and cutting out all the useless stuff like partying out late and getting drunk.
What are your priorities in life?