Feb 2nd, 2011
(I’m going to start this blog off by sharing a peice I wrote for www.genjuice.com)
Go to class, study hard, get good grades, then graduate.
That’s what has been ingrained in my mind ever since I was a young child.
It is mind-boggling that our current collegiate system comprises huge classrooms where desks are scattered in rows that create such an impersonal and intimidating atmosphere for the student. We are forced to read from outdated textbooks and pay attention to a professor who is lecturing about content that barely interests us as we watch the hands of the clock tick toward the end of the class.
Oh yeah, did I mention that all of this costs anywhere from $7,000 to 13,000 a year just for tuition? This coupled with room and board creates a financial strain on not only us but also our parents’ wallets. I am not against a system of higher-education; I just believe our current methods must change to keep up with our fast paced society, based on technology, the Internet and the ability to connect individuals to each other in the matter of seconds. Our current method of higher education is outdated, plan and simple. Quite frankly, it’s a lot of bullshit.
The real world is not about how well you tested in Philosophy 101, the grades you received in high school or the score you obtained after 45 hours of SAT prep classes; its about action. In my young twenty-two years of life, it has become very clear to me that the real world is about motivation, drive, communication, a hunger for knowledge and a desire to do better. Most importantly its about a love for what you do. You may be thinking, “What does this guy, a recent college grad from Ohio, know about the ‘real world’?” Well let’s just say, I’ve learned a lot in the past seven months.
I began to understand this back in July 2010 when I embarked on an endeavor called Kegfly.com. Kegfly is a daily deal site that offers daily deals for students on college campuses. For the first time in my life, I had formed such a strong sense of love, motivation, and determination, but most importantly something larger than myself to work toward. I saw this as an opportunity of a lifetime and something that doesn’t come for most people. I knew I had to do whatever it took to get this project off the ground.
I quickly convinced my good friend and fraternity brother Zac Sebo to embark on this endeavor with me in Athens, Ohio, at Ohio University where we set for the launch site of kegfly.com. Neither he nor I had any serious sales or marketing experience. We knew that being a part of a start-up company would mean an unexpected amount of arduous trials, but at our age, what do we have to lose? We were insatiable. We also found ourselves doing things that we had never imagined we would be doing at this stage in our lives.
Zac and I look back at the last seven months and realize how amazing it has been taking a dream and turning it into a reality. It’s a an unbelievable feeling to know that seven months ago, this was nothing but an idea and now its live across five campuses and counting.
Nevertheless, I can’t stop thinking about how the major I graduated with has absolutely nothing to do with what I am currently working on. I began to discover that most of my college classes didn’t do much to prepare me for what I have decided to undertake in my post-undergraduate career. I am now in debt with school loans up to my ears and all for a piece of paper that says “Okay, Maxx! Good job! Here’s your piece of paper thanks for the lump sum of cash. Now you’re ready for life.”
College should be about getting involved in projects and getting as much experience as possible in areas that interest you most. If I could give any advice it would be to get your piece of paper because that’s the way life is. However, at least get it in something that you can see yourself doing for life, something that you can wake up in the morning and be excited, motivated and thrilled to be a part of. Pursue that feeling of doing something remarkable and worthwhile.
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Written by: Maxx Blank