You’re not alone. Plenty of people believe this. I went to college but I had absolutely no idea what I wanted to be back then, and I changed my major at least four times. Now, at 30, I think I know what I want to do, but maybe I’ll just keep reinventing myself forever. Who knows?
I start and never finish the occasional MOOC. I could go and do a new thing tomorrow maybe, no extra degrees required. Going off to school didn’t teach me about curiosity or independent thought, it mostly taught me how to shotgun a can of Beast (Milwaukee’s Best — not recommended) and that there are plenty of other people that take naps during the planetarium labs (‘ey, whattaya’ want from me — it’s dark in there) just maybe none that snore quite as loudly as I do. That’s not to say that a college education doesn’t hold value, it definitely does. I just hate that more and more it’s used as a barrier to entry into the workforce (I touch on that in this but it probably deserves a separate conversation). A college education is basically job training. Some people go to college to learn new things, some people go to get laid, and most everyone else goes so they can get a higher paying job upon exit.
I have no idea what future awaits my son when he turns 18 … in… 2032 (hahaha that’s not a real year). I’m still saving for it like it’s going to be college tuition today with 16 years of compound interest piled on top but I’ve no idea why.