I had dropped outta college last year and I was dead set on never going back to finish my degree. I had actually convinced my father #MHSRIP into coming around to my way of thinking. My winning argument was, “Daddy, you built us this life without a degree.”

Mum thinks I have too much depth. Cause I don’t believe in the degree I’m working towards. Yes, it changed my way of thinking but I don’t feel like it adequately equipped me for the line of work that I want to venture into.

I walked away with a lot of theoretical substance but not enough practical experience. Since then I have worked for magazines, NGOs and radio and none of them I can confidently say my skills were without fault. I passed courses that I cannot do in real life. ZiFM Stereo had to teach me studio stuff from scratch even though my transcript says I did well in both radio courses.

I don’t feel like degrees nowadays are an accurate depiction of intelligence or one’s mental capabilities because we are all getting them by whatever means necessary. So its now a measurement of who is slicker than the other. You can bribe your way through it and wear the black robe to what I believe is a funeral for genuine intellect. I have a colleague that graduated but she hasn’t a clue about things related to her degree.

This isn’t even what I wanted to do. I wanted to go to art school and study fine art. So imagine forcing things for four years and coming out without it? I’m not good with failing in school. I was always in the first class from the jump. The only thing I failed was Maths and that’s ancestral so excusez moi. Anyway, despite all my struggling I’m back in school finishing off my degree cause I need that paper regardless of how irrelevant it is but I will not attend the graduation. You took the donkey to the river, you made it drink but you can’t make it enjoy it.


  • Batman
    Posted 25th September 2015 10:37 am 0Likes

    LOL.. good point.. but the trouble is that we live in a sovereign (sic) soceity using an educational system that was designed for white people who were going to supervise mutlitudes of black people. maybe i’m wrong.. but change the system, and this won’t happen.. or at least not so much anyway…

  • nathan
    Posted 27th September 2015 10:31 am 0Likes

    wonderful piece. enjoyed it. keep writing.

  • Munya
    Posted 7th October 2015 10:28 am 0Likes

    don’t know how i got to your blog but this article reminds me of that spoken word video ,Why i hate school but love education by Suli Breaks ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y_ZmM7zPLyI ) , got me reevaluate my whole understanding of the true definition of education especially university education and what it has become i.e. “memerise equations, facts and dates right down to the letter half of it i would never remember and half of it i would forget straight after the exam and before the start of the next semester” , I truly believe there are more ways of getting educated than “regurgitating facts written by someone else’ but then again the world tells you you need that certificate regardless.

    #Proverbs 17:16

  • Ashley
    Posted 8th December 2015 9:56 pm 0Likes

    So true,most graduates are booksmart and not street smart…and for that reason,unemployment will always be a serious issue.universities need to emphasize the importance of innovation and creativity

    • Zulu Thembie
      Posted 5th January 2016 10:56 am 0Likes

      Not only that but universities also need to revise and revamp the the syllabus to move with the times so that we can compete on an international level.

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