recently i saw an opinion relating to college and some of the expenses for students and it made me remember about something; about how some college students bitch and moan about how they couldn’t afford going to school or paying for college. but can afford fancy personal items on themselves.
Here’s the deal; if you can easily splurge on expensive electronics like a 3DS or iPods, hell even on things you won’t even use for school like art supplies or cosplay material, then you don’t have any say not being able to afford school or college if you can easily pay for any of these expense. You can put that money to good use for education but instead you waste it on meaninglessness hobbies that probably wont benefit you in the real world.
A 3DS costs the same as a college textbook. A lot of people can afford to make that purchase once, but not 10 times a year for four (or more) years.
So this blog is still terrible, anyway.
Another stop on the “if you think poor people shouldn’t have anything nice ever you are wrong and you suck” train.
Besides, hobbies are THINGS THAT MAKE SOMEONE HAPPY. I don’t give a fuck how “meaningless” they are; if it gives someone joy in their life, then they should be able to pursue it. Not everything has to be applicable to your career.
Ok story time: I’ve attended 2 colleges so far in my life. The first one was a lovely community college where I took a ton of gen eds and worked 30+hrs a week saving money. I very quickly learned that I was going to have to drop waaaaay more money on textbooks then I had ever thought, and I wasn’t even going to open half of those because syllabuses changed/things happened/whatever. They had a sell back option at the end of semester that helped, but it was still insane what I was being asked to do.
Then I went to my lovely university and became an art major where I would be constantly told I need to drop around $300+ a class on specialized art supplies in the first week. The same thing then happened with my textbooks where I would find myself not touching half of the supplies and then find out a month in that a product that was a fraction of the cost would have worked just as well for the supplies I was using but for some reason my professor was in lust with an expensive brand they swore by.
So moral of the story is fuck all of that noise. Go see if you can rent the textbook from a local library or buy a heavily discounted copy online. See if you can find pdfs or find friends who have taken that class and borrow from them. Talk to your peers and share a textbook because I can promise that there is practically zero chance you’re ever going to touch that $150 textbook again afterwards so don’t waste your money.
And art supplies? Don’t buy until your teacher actually says you’re going to need it for the next project, and even then go find an art store and ask the employees for more affordable options (as a former Blick associate, I can promise that we know/can find out how the quality of the product will change with brands), or go online and find forums (wetcanvas is a WONDERFUL one for traditional mediums) and actually talk to your teacher and ask if you have to stick to a certain brand or if they have other recommendations because holy fuck that shit gets pricey real quick.
Tuition and all of the fees with higher learning are crazy enough as is, adding supply fees on top is just cruel. Go out and buy that DS or book or fancy meal because school is stressful and being able to sit around and fight some baddies in a game is going to be way more helpful to your sanity then dropping thousands of dollars on practically pointless books.