Saturday, May 14, 2011

A Busy Few Weeks, A Goal, and Why You Shouldn't Go to College

It's been a busy few weeks (thus the dearth of blog posts!)...

  • I was supposed to go to New Orleans for a few days before heading back to Miami then Atlanta. As usual, and with my penchant for attracting disasters, that plan is on hold for a week or two.

  • Family and friends have been dropping in over the last couple of weeks (note to self, invest in airline stock).

  • And, as usual, our nomadic schedule is still up in the air but it looks like we will be traveling for another year, perhaps settling down next summer.

  • I have also been biking a few hours each day.

The goal...

  • Each year I like to do something that challenges me. Last year it was a marathon. This summer I will take a month or so to ride my bike from Canada to Mexico. Ole!

And the college thing: I have been getting calls from kids I know who are either entering college in the fall or debating whether or not to continue with their education, generally because they are swimming in debt and although they don't truly know the effect of huge debt yet (it is so easy to just sign for student loans and get a check), they have an inkling it is not good. I tell them we can talk about majors and funding and their future in general, but first I send them some reading material as listed below:

  • JJ Luna was way ahead of the curve when he wrote 'Skip College: Go Into Business for Yourself'. Although the book came out quite a while ago, the message is even more true today if you want the ultimate freedom, and the ultimate opportunity to be as wealthy (or not) as you want to be. He answers the questions that every post grad student I have ran into lately is do I make money???

  • Eight Alternative to College. Again, as in the above book, this list of alternatives to college teaches you many of the things you need to learn in order to be a successful human being.

  • Then there is this article, The University Has No Clothes, which further notes why the value of a college education is negligible for many.

  • And an interesting article from NPR.

  • Finally, check out this article, this article, and this article.


  1. What kind of bike do you have? I am about to take the MSF class and am trying to make up my mind regarding which bike I want to get. The wife is already planning all of my safety gear.

  2. I have a Trek mountain bike and a Cannondale road bike. I am looking at the Novara Randonee bike from REI which looks like a better option for carrying the load of gear I will be bringing along with me.