When I read stories about someone who drops out of school after one semester, then posts a rant on Facebook that reads “F*CK COLLEGE,” I’m automatically guessing that he failed out of school–that’s just where my head’s at these days. So you can imagine my surprise when I learned that Billy Wilson of Kansas State University (who you can see above flipping off KSU) actually went earned himself a 4.0 GP his first semester before deciding to leave on his own free will.
Did Billy get in some financial trouble? Did something catastrophic happen to his family that required him to stay at home and help? Apparently not.
According to his Facebook post/rant, it seems like his reasoning is because he thought that college was a scam. I’d like you to take some time to read that Facebook post below:
We’ve transcribed the whole thing for you below:
Now that i’ve finished my first semester I think it’s safe to say… FUCK COLLEGE. Now before all you of you go batshit crazy… i have a few points to make
1. Yes I have dropped out after finishing my first semester (with a 4.0 GPA). And it’s one of the best choices I’ve ever made. Not because I am averse to learning, but actually the exact opposite.
2. YOU ARE BEING SCAMMED. You may not see it today or tomorrow, but you will see it some day. Heck you may have already seen it if you’ve been through college. You are being put thousands into debt to learn things you will never even use. Wasting 4 years of your life to be stuck at a paycheck that grows slower than the rate of inflation. Paying $200 for a $6 textbook. Being taught by teacher’s who have never done what they’re teaching. Average income has increased 5x over the last 40 years while cost of college has increased 18x. You’re spending thousands of dollars to learn information you won’t ever even use just to get a piece of paper. I once even had an engineer tell me “I learned more in my first 30 days working than in my 5 years of college.” What does that tell you about this system? There are about a million more ways you’re being scammed into this.. just watch the video i’m gonna comment if you want to see more.
3. Colleges are REQUIRING people to spend money taking gen. ed. courses to learn about the quadratic formula (and other shit they will never use) when they could be giving classes on MARRIAGE and HOW TO DO YOUR TAXES.
4. Gosh there are so many more reasons I could add, but just comment if you disagree or have reasons to add. I’d love to add to the discussion. TAG a friend in college, Tag your parents, share this if you agree, disagree. Let’s just talk about it. Heck post a picture of yourself flipping off something you think is unjust in our society. #FuckInjustice
There’s a whole lot to take in with this article, so I’m just going to go down the line and address what he’s pointing out one by one.
You can feel free to agree or disagree with me at any point, but just know that I am 100% against what Billy is saying here. I’d also like to add that Billy is free to do with his life as he sees fit, but I’m not a fan of other people reading his post without hearing another side to it.
Here we go.
1. This is not actually a point he’s making, it’s just reaffirming the fact that he dropped out of college. I would like to point out, though, that I find it hilarious he’s bragging about his GPA after his first semester of college–which everyone knows is the easiest one of all.
2. As far as being scammed, I think there’s definitely an argument that can be made that college isn’t for everyone. And it’s expensive. It’s too expensive. There is literally no part of college that’s not more expensive than it needs to be. On-campus dining, textbooks, housing, etc. None of that stuff is cheap, and that’s not even taking into account the amount of tuition. If money is an issue for you (like it is for hundreds of thousands of students), it’s extremely important to be able to go to a school that you can afford. Go to a school that’s giving you a scholarship. Go to a school that doesn’t leave you tens of thousands of dollars in debt. Just do a good job at that school and you’ll be fine.
But if you’re trying to be an architectural engineer, which Billy was, I don’t think there’s any way that you can make it there without a college degree. But what do I know? I’m an editor (which is 100% a job I could have gotten without college). As far as his “being taught by teachers who have never done what they’re teaching” point, that’s why you learn what you learn in college and then go get a job on the ground-floor. There have always been differences between what you learn in the classroom vs. what you learn on-site–that’s why you take internships! That’s why you work summer jobs! The combination of the two of them is what makes you a better employee and more knowledgeable.
Unless this guy is Will Hunting’s long-last brother, college was your best choice if you want to become an engineer.
3. Again, Billy, you were majoring in architectural engineering. That’s why they had you learn the quadratic equation. I was an English major and I never stepped foot in a single math class in my entire time there. I chose to attend a liberal arts college, but I knew what I was getting myself into. That’s what I wanted: a well-rounded education. But there are plenty of technical schools you could have attended to avoid all that.
That being said, I think that a class on how to do your taxes or whatever would have been extremely useful. Can’t argue with that.
4. Attending college is not an injustice, sorry bro–it’s f*cking decision you make. The industrial prison complex is an injustice. The ratio of imprisoned black men is an injustice. The lower wages that women make at the same job is an injustice. Had you maybe stayed in school for a little bit longer in those general education classes, or read more about the world on your own, you would know that.
So what is this titan of entrepreneurship doing with his life now? He’s selling t-shirts that read “F*ck College.” He went from possibly being an architectural engineer to selling t-shirts. Hopefully that’s just the start of his online business, but I don’t think it’s very smart of him to tell everyone that college is a scam. You decided you wanted to get into e-commerce. That’s cool. You don’t need to be in college to learn that. But don’t try to get people to drop out of college just because it was the right decision for you.
Also, Billy boy, change your Facebook profile photo from your senior prom–you’re not in high school anymore.