Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Quarterlife Crisis

My office is back in order and is set up even better than previously - it's darn near perfect. So, I am slowly getting back into the swing of things. I did just finish reading a book called, Quarterlife Crisis by Alexandra Robbins and Abby Wilner. The gist of the book is that college does not prepare one for real life in the working world. The authors don't offer any solutions, they just want everyone aware that this crisis exists and, gee, wouldn't it be nice if employers could slowly integrate college grads into their businesses?

No, college does not prepare you for the real world - that's what part-time jobs are for, that's what volunteer work is for, that's what your parents are for. Having read this book simply reinforces my drive to have my daughters think seriously about what they want to do with their lives long before they think about entering college, maybe even putting college off for a year or two and "live life" to better be able to make that kind of decision. And with homeschooling, who knows when they will graduate from high school - they might be 16, they might be 18. But they will have the freedom to take a bit of time to decide what's best for them and not have to worry about counselors or teachers pressuring them to make a decision too early.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...


I think you would enjoy "Zen and the Art of Motercycle Maintenance" by Robert Pirsig if you haven't read it already. It's an intersting book that explores the definition of "quality." But one of the things that I took away from the book is that not everyone needs college to achieve their career goals and that often kids who go to college aren't really ready for college in the sense that they're there to party instead of be educated and better themselves. I've got the book if you think you'l like to borrow it. - Erin