Why Own a Business?

A Journey through the Solar System. Yes, it’s a class. My cousin was a business student at UT Knoxville. She took that class amongst many others. Her cost to go to UT? $239,350 (Including room and board, fees, books and other school-related expenses.) That was 11 years ago. She’s still paying on her student loans. She enjoyed the class and others that she took at the time, but now she’s really paying for it and none of these “elective” classes have helped her in her career.

  • Time Magazine, in 2013, said that the average 4 year degree is taking 5 to 6 years to get.
  • Money Magazine recently published that, for the 2016-2017 school year, the average in-state school with tuition, fees, room, board, books and incidentals will cost $20,663.60 per year.
  • According to Marketwatch, the average student graduates with over $35,000 in student loans and more than 70% of students have them.

When I went to college, I also took some crazy and fun classes. I loved astronomy classes and some of my favorites were Classical Political Philosophy and Modern Political Philosophy. I started my first business when I was 14 years old. I was in 8th grade. I did graphic design work. I started my second business at age 17. Business consulting. By the time I went to college, I wasn’t looking so much for a degree. I was looking for knowledge. I was growth-focused. And yes…those crazy and fun classes did help me in my business.

I took astronomy classes to get more design ideas and inspiration for the company. It was outside-the-box thinking. The philosophy courses helped a lot for coaching and consulting. I am not against college. I am very much for it as a means to an end.

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