Hello! My name is Levi Bastian Redcross and I am a College Drop Out, but I haven’t always been that way. Obviously you have to attend a college in order to be a drop out but I have had a particularly odd path. I’ve been attending college for seven semesters between two schools and seven jobs. Before I even got started I had a rapidly vanishing interest in being a college student. But somehow, with a little push from my surrounding community, I found myself attending Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC). Seemingly only a month after admission, I had my whole life planned out. But I would later learn otherwise.
I hold community college in the highest regards. There, at CCAC, I met a group of friends I don’t believe that I will ever forget. I also encountered some of the most passionate professors who were active in their interaction with their students. The two years I spent there may have been the highest form of education I ever obtained for myself. That may be due to the fact that I was involved in many extracurricular groups and working 4 jobs. I learned to manage my time and work hard when time was short. I found myself developing into routines you might call ‘adult’. And those same skills I learned then are the same I apply to getting work done now.
I decided to leave because I reflected on my education and realized that the skills and the information that I was using in my most relevant life was not the information that I learned from school. I may be hard working but I developed that from working so many jobs while going to college. I developed my people skills from learning to communicate with professors not from writing papers. I learned marketing by doing it time and time again and failing, not from the class I took at CCAC. I found myself reflecting over the classes that I had taken in college and realized that none of it had been affecting what I was trying to do with my time. And if I had gained anything from college the majority of it came from the work I did in my extracurricular. At the Community College of Allegheny County I founded the Society for Creative Musicians and directed The Walk for Autism Awareness. At college in Ohio I was Co-President of Yoga Club and founded Knot Another Knitting Club. And by bringing these ideas into fruition I learned to educe the glory within myself. This is where my true education was. And so the reason I dropped out of college is because I learned that my education was something that I had been providing myself.
Everyone has a journey, whether that be in college or otherwise. Just never forget that the knowledge that you seek out is the education that you are providing yourself. You truly are your own teacher. So don’t stop teaching yourself. Don’t stop pushing yourself. And always give yourself the best because you fuel your education.
“If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.” – Henry David Thoreau