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Drop Out and Grow Rich

On Tynan

In our culture going to school is given a lot of respect. Dropouts face a sharp negative stigma. They're quitters. They're losers. They'll go nowhere in life. But is this really true? How big of a factor is college on success?

Here's a list of some of the dropouts that I personally admire :

Bill Gates
Steve Jobs
Paul Allen
Richard Branson
Larry Ellison (Oracle)
Dave Thomas
Ted Turner
Henry Ford
Almost 1 in 5 of the US Presidents including Lincoln, Washington, Jackson, and Cleveland
Albert Einstein
Walt Disney
John D. Rockafeller
Mark Twain
Charles Dickens
Thomas Edison
Benjamin Franklin
Ray Kroc (billionaire founder of McDonalds)
Claude Monet

Second Semester Senior, Baby!

On Imported Blog

The second semester. It's what every single high school senior awaits. It's one of the most well-known phenomenons of high school students all over the States. Students, teachers, and parents all take for granted that the second semester of senior year is supposed to the most stress-free time of students' lives.

The whole logic is that colleges only have grades, extracurricular activities, and whatnot for three and a half years of high school. That last half, the second semester of senior year, is completely irrelevant to college admissions. Sure universities can withdraw their offer if you experienced a horrid second semester, but it's almost unheard of.

As a current second semester senior, I am surrounded by this mentality. People complain about getting work because "it doesn't matter" anymore. I've admittedly most likely thought the same thing at least once. But the more I think about this whole concept of the "second semester senior," the more I hate it.

In short, it is implying that the only purpose of high school is to get into college. Every thing you do in high school, whether it be grades or sports or whatever, is to gain admission into a college. In the end, that is all that matters. College is viewed as an end goal to high school students, not a place along a journey.

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