My entire life, my family & teachers have always stressed to me that college is nothing but seriousness & hard work. I've watched people drop out weeks from graduating high school just so they're not expected to go to college. Starting into the 1st semester of my sophomore year at Chipola (maybe 4th semester of my freshman year? idk how this works), I'm taking a psychology course. So far, we have thrown highlighters at snoring girls, argued over tv series, talked quieter & left the lights off for those recovering from their 4th hangovers, discussed chicken nuggets for 20 minutes, & justified torturing babies & stuffing pigeons in electric boxes for science. Of other interesting typical things: @maydayjaylyn is giggling over some random thing (the gay merman doodle), a girl walked into class with a baseball cap and sunglasses due to hangover, @maryleeex passed out literally on top of her laptop, Gracie threatens bodily harm, & the entire class goes off on discussions, always on a completely unrelated topic. From the experience i had at George Mason University & the experiences I've had at Chipola, college is not this ridiculously depressing, difficult, suck-the-life-out-of-you-boring thing. You make friends & if you keep a good character, get through it pretty easily. (I didnt mean for this to turn into another one of my long lectures. Hey at least its not about mental or eating disorders this time) i mean of course ya gotta adult up & do your work like a responsible student, but when the times are appropriate, it can be such a fun experience. People in a povertied area like ours typically go straight to labor work or the military because they either just dont want an education or they believe it's too difficult. Before you go straight into military, getting a degree can get you a higher ranking. (Im not dissing the military im joining the airforce) engineering can help sooo much for labor workers. Even vocational school helps. Just remember: you can't give up on the possibility of a respectable education, higher wages, & a better life without even trying. Every chance you don't take is a waste.