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With fall semester right around the corner for the college freshman, there are a few things they, or the returning veteran should do before going back to school. Needless to say this is not your run of the mill get everything you need from Target sale, it’s an honest insight from a recent college grad. (Bastards still haven’t sent me the diploma yet.)

1.) Pick up a copy of Aaron Clarey’s Worthless I cannot stress the importance of this book enough on this blog in regards to a college education. This book alone can help you stay away from degrees that have no place in a 16 thousand dollar or more a year institution. For those of us who do go to college, possibly making the biggest financial decision of your life at the ripe young age of 18, it would be foolish to go for a degree unable to pay itself back plus some. This book helped me switch from an ethics and public policy major to getting a degree in computer science and when I tried lending it to some of my English major friends they wouldn’t even look at it. Truth hurts.

2.) Pick up a copy of a James Altucher’s 40 Alternatives to College Once you’ve dived into the material inside Worthless, you’re thinking what now right? Besides going to college for a non worthless degree, Altucher offers a myriad of different things you can do besides going to college. In my experience, academia killed me. In the four years I spent at a Big 10 university I lost my interest in a topic that was once fascinating to me and is only starting to come back to me since I’ve begun working independently again. Go try out something new and interesting for free or a fraction of the cost instead of digging yourself a hole filled with debt.

3.) If you think you know what you want to do…go do it!
Try your hand at an entry level position or at the very least try for an apprenticeship with somebody who already works in your desired field. You will learn infinitely more from a person who is performing the work compared to someone who teaches it. Hands on experience will trump schooling of any kind, every time.

4.) If you don’t know what you want to do…
Then why are you going? Seriously, why are you going? If you want a “college experience” move to a college town, work some shitty part time job and party your ass off taking every kind of drug you can get your hands on. Take two years to fuck yourself up as humanly possible and take the next two years to try piece yourself back together for big time job interviews.

Now college can be a great place to be if you do it right, but this is the exception rather than the rule. I can guarantee you there aren’t enough jobs in the world for the amount of liberal arts majors there are. But if you do decide to go to college or to continue going to college, there is no reason to not read Christian McQueen’s and Hans Dix’  Campus Hustler to get the most out of your college experience without going on academic probation.

Join the movement.

Peace.

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Finals, graduation, pomp and circumstance, grad parties and back woods 30 packs of Busch light all around. Sounds like nothings changed since I’ve graduated high school four years ago. With graduation around the corner for high school seniors I bet they’re pandering the age old question “Should I go to college?”. What a question indeed. Preaching to the choir when I continually tell prospective students to absolutely read Aaron Clearey’s Worthless before going to college. Now again, to reiterate, this is not to say there is worthless information, but the majority of liberal arts degrees are not all they are cracked up to be for 15 grand plus a year for something you can get at a library or the internet for free.

In my experience, running on four years at a state university, is DO NOT GO TO COLLEGE STRAIGHT OUT OF HIGH SCHOOL. Their is scientific research backing the idea that you brain is not fully developed until 21-22 and you will only kill more brain cells drinking, smoking, doing drugs in a party school environment as a previously sheltered teen under your parents watchful eye.

If you don’t know what you want to do with your life yet this only re-enforces my suggestion to not go to college. Why spend the money going to classes you don’t enjoy, in a foreign city if you don’t even know what you want to do in the first place? But won’t college and my adviser help me figure out while I’m there? …You kidding? Hell no. Those who haven’t done it are going to tell you how to do it? I don’t think so. These people are advisers. They have made a career out of advising people because they couldn’t do anything else. However, once you get into you core major classes you will be transferred over to a faculty member who WILL know what they’re doing in their field and will be a little more helpful and instructing you in what to do with your degree, but only slightly.

I have found at a collegiate level more likely than not, your professors will be more interested in their research than their teaching abilities. And if they are on tenure, multiply this by 10. Not only this, add to the experience that, and I quote, “if you want something more practical, go to vocational school to get Microsoft certified.” This gem came straight from the professor’s mouth teaching the most difficult class in the Compute Science department. I cannot speak for all departments, but this hit a nerve with me after putting in four years and feeling profusely over schooled and under prepared for the industry.

If you DO know what you want to with your life and you are in your early twenties over the age of 21, go only if the degree you wish to pursue is necessary for the job you think it will help you land. If you want to be a writer, start a blog and try your hand at E-lance writing.. If you want to be a musician, master your instrument or voice. If you want to be an actor, audition for plays, perform an act for open mic night at your local bar. You get the idea. Even in my experience where I thought a degree in computer science would help me be prepared for a job fresh out of college I am still significantly under prepared for the job opportunities out there. I will be teaching myself most of what I will doing for my anticipated first real job. Did I mention I can do the majority of it for free online, or get paid for it through an internship?

If you look at the major colleges these days the debt you accumulate to prepare you for jobs that may or not even be there or pay you enough to pay off you loans with a reasonable standard of living just isn’t worth it. My recommendation is wait on it at first to avoid unnecessary debt on worthless gen eds and to figure out your true passion. If you feel you still want the “college experience” move to a college town, reside in shitty apartment, living out your youth as the Van Wilder of the college without the responsibility of class. One of my buddies is doing this post graduation and never wants to leave. He’ll grow older and maybe grow out of it. No college kid wants to party with a burnt out 40 year old at the bar.

If you do go to college, I have given to tips here to help you a long the way, but if you decide not to go you might find yourself asking, “Ok, now I’m not going to college, what do I do now?” Well, this is where you figure it out. No shame in living with your parents for a while longer because I guarantee your college counter parts aren’t letting their parents dime go unused. Develop a PhD. on your own terms. Travel if you like, study anything that interests you whether it’s money making or not. You’ll learn a lot more this way compared to liberal arts general education. Get a shitty job somewhere while you’re at it. It is six years of working at grocery stores that has motivated me to build the skills I need to not work some run of the mill minimum wage slave job. I will bet this blog on it that a similar job will teach you the same.

Once you decide not to go college there will be some unpleasant reactions from the people around you. Your friends will think you will live with your parents forever and your parents may fear the same. In a society that values competitiveness over collaboration and knowledge over creativity, they will tell you education is the key.

Ignore Everybody and do your own thing for awhile. I am not saying you should never go to college, however, do proceed with caution spending thousands of dollars on something that will supposedly determine the career for the rest of your life. This will definitely not be the case in my experience, but the people who tell you who go to college, land some job security, and work until you can retire tend to think so.

Thanks to Danger and Play for the idea and more to come.

Join the movement.

Peace.

Worthless

Posted: January 27, 2014 in College
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The second best thing you can do for improvement besides going out and doing the damn thing and suffering some trial and error is reading up on how to do whatever it is that your doing more effectively. I’ve decided to compile a reading list among some other things regarding some of the areas where you can improve on that warrant more than a simple blog post. These will be books I myself have read and deem significant enough to further yourself in your improvement journey.

The first book I read while being introduced into what they call the Manosphere was Aaron Clarey’s Worthless
Being it the summer after my sophomore year in college (two years of drugs, alcohol, and profusely blue pill) a good friend of mine introduced me to Frost’s Freedom Twenty Five which then lead me to Worthless. I came in to college with an over inflated sense of going to college would be. I mean I was going to a top 4 party school at the time and it only went up after I got there. Your welcome, underclassmen. 😉 I damn near went on academic probation with my roommate. Apparently not studying for computer science and electrical engineering classes wasn’t our brightest idea. We were smart in high school so naturally we thought the same about college.

Lo and behold, the roommate failed out, and I switched to an open major. I hadn’t the faintest clue what to do besides a brief stint in politics supporting Ron Paul lolz. But thank zues’s beard I read Worthless. I immediately emailed my advisor telling her I had to switch back to computer science and how much bullshit an “ethics and public policy” major would be. She didn’t take to kindly to that email, but none the less understood my decision. However, during that year I made a base of college friends that were liberal minded and mostly english majors. Talk about worthless. If you want to be a writer just go out and fucking write. It doesn’t take a degree for that. Jeepers.

Knowledge is power my friend. And this a sure way not waste your time, money, and youth on worthless degrees. But remember, there is no such thing as worthless knowledge, just worthelss degrees.

Be sure to check out his other books too. I’ve read Enjoy the Decline and I’d argue it almost runs like a sequel to Worthless. Still working on Bachelor Pad Economics though. In due time.

Being broke in college comes naturally with being a student at a university for most of us. That is, you’re not someone from a rich suburb coming over state lines for a better university than your own, in which case you or your parents are loaded and couldn’t give a fuck where you go to school if at all since you will most likely inherit old money or a sweet deal at their company or law firm anyway or your going to community or trade school. Bless your heart. Trade school you learn a specific skill and you go out and get paid for it. Nice work. You were efficient with your time and money. We thank your for setting an example for our youth. Community college? Hopefully the same goes for you.

Now then, if your like me, going to a state university on loans and some of your parents dime they stashed away for you, you don’t have a lot of money to play around with even with that part-time job you hold to buy food, clothes, gas, books, supplies, and of course drugs and alcohol. It wouldn’t be college with out it. ;). I had a job all through high school, but never had to learn fiscal responsibility due to living with my parents buying me whatever I needed and I could spend my dollars from the local grocery store however I wanted. Recklessly was the easy choice. What did I have to worry about? I ain’t workin’ for nothing right? The dumbest thing was I bought shit all the time for a girl I had a crush on that worked there as well. Ooops. Lol.

I started learning how to manage my finances once I moved into an apartment. (The dorm years you were treated with food and all that so it just piled on top of the loans.) When you only have so much money for food, books, etc, you learn real quick what your best options are. College taught me how to manage my money plus some :

1.) Never buy your books from the bookstore. Biggest ripoff I’ve ever seen. $170 for a new calc book? Calc has changed in over 500 years. Why should I buy the newest edition and sell it back for 50? I’ll see you on amazon or rent them else where.

2.) Give plasma. An extra 60 bucks a week for reading a book, studying or catching up on emails. Darn right I’m about that life.

3.) Work a part-time job. Not only will you have cash in your pocket for things you need. I’m a firm believer having less free time because of your job will help you with time management. Something you will need dearly when it comes to a real full-time job and other life responsibilities.

4.) Buy your food frozen. It’s cheaper, lasts longer, and you can get a variety of fruits, veggies, meats, fish, poultry, that don’t suck for your health. But don’t be afraid to dine on some ramen and tuna every once in a while. (It’s become my quick easy meal. Disgusting, I know.)

5.) Eggs are the cheapest and one of the best meals out there for a young man in college. Damn near natures protein shake. Why wouldn’t you eat these like candy?

6.) Schedule your classes around American or english speaking professors. You will understand what they’re saying A LOT better and with no language barrier it will also be a lot better to network with them for a reference later on.

7.) Avoid energy drinks the best you can. I drank a Nos in the morning to get me going and another to keep me up late at night. Started having sharp chest pains and insomnia wasn’t uncommon for me. Plus all that sugar is literally poison.

8.) Become a coffee and tea drinker. People will be more impressed by your knowledge of obscure coffees and tea than your ability to chug three rockstars and stomach ulcers.

9.) Go to the gym. Plain and simple. The muscles you build today will be with you for the long run and going will have an enormous amount of benefits for you. Looks, mood, health, energy, I could go on and on.

10.) Read the books assigned. This was my biggest mistake I made. Your GPA will be better and it will be a lot easier studying for that exam if you already know the material in the book.

11.) Always sit next to that hot girl in class and make simple conversation with her about the class you’re in. You’ll know what to do from there.

12.) Go out and party your ass off. You have 4+ years to make the best and worst decisions of your life with little to no consequence. You have a reputation as a college kid any way. Might as well act like one.

13.) Study abroad. Hopefully this wont be your only chance to travel abroad, but for some it will be. You get to travel on school loans. How awesome is that? Go to a new land on and ‘study’ some gen eds while you learn about new culture is fantastic for college aged kids perspective. Just don’t waste your time in places like western Europe. I hear it’s a real drag.

14.) Join a martial arts club. Learning a martial art is exhilarating. It’s not often a man gets to exert physical force on another man without getting arrested and your learning how to defend yourself.

15.) For the love of all things holy, get to know your professors on a personal level. They will gladly give you references, outside learning, and projects outside of class if you feel like the classroom isnt’ enough. Some professors are arrogant pricks who sit high on the horse, but don’t let that stop you from getting to know the more humble ones.

16.) Have a bottle of top shelf alcohol on reserve for special occasions and ‘night caps’ for hot girls only. For the rest of your alcohol consumption, save your money and buy the cheap shit. You can barely tell the difference.

17.) You are not your GPA…unless your applying for scholarships, going abroad, or want to get into grad school. Otherwise, once you get that degree companies don’t give a rats ass what you got in philosophy class, they want to know if you can produce when they hire you.

18.) Once your are upperclassmen, avoid underclassmen like the plague. A lot has changed since you’ve come to college and are most likely not at the mental maturity you are at. *This advice becomes null if you pull a bang from one at a skanky bar.

19.) Do your best to befriend an upperclassmen you may know from a neighboring school back home so when you get kicked out of bars for being under age you just might know where a party or after parties will be held.

20.) Last of all, balance your work/play time. You will go insane with just work and become a lazy bastard with all play.

What things did I miss? What is your college advice? Not all of these things came from not having a lot of money in college, but I hope the advice is somewhat helpful and not just a repeat of similar posts like this out there.