Education is a toolbox, and all the things you learn are the tools you fill it with.
When you approach education in this manner, with a clear plan and an end goal, then it can be the most helpful thing in the world.
The problem is that most people don’t know what they want to do after school, so they just cram random tools in the box and see what happens. Not me, I knew exactly what I was going to do, and stayed focused on the plan. Some of my friends laughed me off, as they left for college, asking why I would want to be an HVAC technician. To them, that meant I would be driving around in a panel van, tuning up the air conditioners for suburbanites, but they don’t see the bigger picture. They saw HVAC workers as blue collar, but I saw them more as blue collar scientists. While many of my friends got degrees, they also incurred crippling college loan debt, while I paid my own way through the HVAC program at the community college. Not only do I not have student loan debt, but I overachieved in my scores, and landed a job working on the ventilation systems for a local laboratory. This place is huge, and well funded, and so high tech it was one of the places they did COVID research, so the ventilation systems here are next level tech. One of my friends, who mocked me for wanting to work in HVAC, is now using his degree as a barista at Starbucks.