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Best Reasons to Drop Out of Uni: Part 1

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Published May 22nd 2013
Warning: dropping out may cause uncontrollable bursts of joy
Do you count down the minutes in lectures? Hate doing assignments? Can't get your head around why there are several different referencing systems?

Well, maybe Uni just isn't for you.

And that's OK! There are heaps of awesome and legitimate reasons to drop out of uni.

Here are 3 to start you off:

1. You have an idea for a Best-seller

You're on the bus to uni, bopping to your music, gazing out the window… and BAM! It comes to you – an idea for a book. You see it clearly, as if you're there: there's a kid, and his parents are killed. He's brought up by his nasty aunt and uncle. And they make him live under the stairs…

The greatest books weren't written in class. They were written on public transport, in cafes and on park benches. Got a way with words? Don't limit yourself to the dry format of essays. Start smashing out that novel.

If you want to make it really big, go for the teen market. Make sure to play on their insecurities and give them hopes of a love-affair they'll never have. Definitely make the main character average, clumsy and sulky, so teens can relate.

2. You're Hollywood material

Most of Hollywood's elite were either university dropouts, or never bothered with tertiary education. After all, you can't get a degree in Being Johnny Depp or a Bachelor of Making Acceptance Speeches.

One of the most famous dropouts is director Steven Spielberg. He left California's Long Beach State University in 1968, after sneaking into Universal Studios enough times to start up some networks and make an impression on studio managers. Though his first feature, Sugarland Express, tanked at the box office, he kept at it and now has his own production studio.

Brad Pitt also dropped out of uni – two weeks before he was set to graduate with a journalism degree. Obviously chasing down used-car salesmen on some current affairs show was not his calling. He moved to Los Angeles, took up acting classes, and is now a two-time Academy Award nominee and a Golden Globe winner, with a career that doesn't seem to want to end.

3. You have light-bulb moments

Globalisation means there's a potential market out there of 7 billion people. But the pace of technological development is getting faster. Competition is getting fiercer. Time is of the essence.

You can't afford to dwell on that infinitely flavoursome chewing gum invention you've been working on. Act now before the Alexander Bells of the world beat you to the patent office.

Neither of the Wright brothers – aviation pioneers and inventors of the world's first successful airplane – got high school diplomas or uni degrees.

If you want to be an inventor, but aren't sure where to start, you can always fish out that old sandwich from the back of your car and see what medical breakthroughs you've sprouted.
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You have a valid point bookw0. But why stay in a uni degree or course if all it is, is a big waste of time and you could be out there doing bigger GREATER things?! I think that that is what this article is trying to get out, and I believe that it delivered its message well. If you want to go take this all literally then sure, go ahead and post comments like that. But like my grade five teacher always told me: If you have an idea or a dream, there is no-one that can stop you. Except for the North Korean government.
by mini_ (score: 1|10) 2837 days ago
Tempting as it may be there are still all those fees to pay.
by Nadine Cresswell-Myatt (score: 3|6006) 2732 days ago
I know that this is mostly meant as comical but it's so superficial it makes my eyes water. You can do perfectly fine without a university degree in life but any of these 'reasons' will almost certainly leave you broke and/or homeless at the end of the day. Tertiary education FTW!
by bookw0 (score: 1|10) 2838 days ago
yes i agree with bookw0. Not everyone is a creative genius. To live yr life in that amorphus way is too unsettling: Who IS going to pay the bills whilst ur waiting for brilliance to shine?
by jillg (score: 1|10) 2838 days ago
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