Going your own path is always difficult and it always will be
Those that forge their own path are either crazy or maybe just crazy enough to succeed
But if you’re not willing to break the societal mold that we’ve fabricated, then you won’t survive on that arduous path
The path is meant for people who don’t care about what others think
I’m still trying to learn how to foster that type of mindset
Then I can truly live life on my own terms
I believe that to be a true academic, you have to have some background in “independent study” while pursuing your education.
Independent study on an area that you are passionate about.
I always felt like I was being spoon-fed knowledge while in high school
I was right, because now with the advanced freedom at Villanova, I have the flexibility to study so much more–and a lot of it is independently driven.
I can select interesting classes.
And I even have signed up for an “independent study” where I literally have a self-designed course with a professor on a philosophy topic we both share an interest in.
If anything, I think college is a time to build a strong work ethic. The knowledge that comes with the diploma is nice; but not mandatory for future success. Life is full of learning opportunities. What you need to do is learn how to learn.