Month: May 2017

“Get a Real Job”: The Bullsh*t Phrase I Hear too Often

Recently I came across an article that was talking about how Youtubers won’t be making as much money as they used to due to the ad revenue dropping and some companies dropping said Youtubers all together. The article itself isn’t what got to me it was the comment section that made me upset. At least half of the comments consisted of people saying “That’s what they get, now it’s time for them to get a real job” or “All Youtuber’s do is sit around and make videos”. Some people even started talking about those involved in other aspects of the arts (i.e. actors,writers, artist etc) and how they do no real work and give nothing back to society. And the only thing I could think about was how foolish(cause that’s the only word I can say without adding more vulgar language). If you don’t think that the arts don’t contribute to anything then look at some of the ads and shorts that aired during the 2017 Oscars. The arts provide a way for individuals to express themselves in ways that other fields can not. When we act we don’t just act like how the character would act, we act how we would react in the given circumstance. All the great books in history were made by creative individuals and people with visions of different worlds. And music has had such a huge impact on the world that it’s hard to pick one thing that stands out. Everyone has that one song that strikes them in a very special place that nothing else can, and everyone has that one artist or band that speaks to their very soul every time they release a track. Now YouTube is very similar to all these things but also very different. In the beginning YouTube was a platform for individuals to express themselves and accept their weirdness, but overtime it became a place to make a bunch of money. Granted their are Youtubers that make videos just for the sheer pleasure of it(Casey Neistat-a role model of mine, iisuperwomanii, Wong Fu Productions) to name a few. But it seems like in this day and age everyone just wants to make money and get the most views instead of creating content for content’s sake. And that makes since(cause everyone needs to eat). But we also need to appreciate what art does and what artist do for us instead of bashing people and telling them to get a real job. We all have different hopes,dreams, interest, and passions, and that’s what makes us unique that is also what makes us human. Also if everyone decided to get a “real” job this world would be pretty boring…In my opinion.

The College Dropout Year One

A couple of Months ago I had to drop out of college. It was one of the most daunting but experiences but at the same time I felt like their was a giant weight lifted off of my shoulders. All the people I thought I had to impress, all the expectations that were put on me, and all the “hopes” and “dreams” that were planned out for me had disappeared. But the funny part is I actually wasn’t planning on dropping out. I was apart of an organization that focuses getting students into and through college. So you’re probably wondering “Eric if the organization gets kids through college then why did you drop out”. It’s a long story but I will try to get to the good stuff. So during the college application process  I had no idea what I was doing. The only thing I did was look at the college acceptance rate and if it was high enough(maybe 60% or higher) I applied. I know it isn’t really a good strategy. So I applied to several colleges and got accepted into three. One of them was an art school in Chicago which was close enough to my family, but far enough to get a unique experience. I was actually looking forward to going to that college however there wasn’t a lot of money that they were willing to give me. So I ended up going to a university(that I never heard) in a location that I never heard of(it was still in Illinois though). I spent three years in that University in a degree that I really didn’t care for, it all went down hill when I was trying to enroll in my fourth year in college. There was some left over money that I owed to the school, I asked the organization if they could help but unfortunately they helped at the last minute. By the time I got the money the University ran out of dorm rooms. So the only option I had was to drop out. As time passed I saw all of my friends graduating, everyone posting on their timelines about how they are so happy they graduated, and recently I attended a party for my friends graduation. Sometimes I feel a little bit awkward about being a drop out. Like I am a black sheep or a failure. Sometimes I look at different articles about successful people who have dropped out of college, I also started looking at documentaries about the educational system and how it destroys some people financially. But under all that awkwardness, I don’t feel like a failure. In a weird way I also feel like I have graduated except I just don’t have the paper. I am taking classes in something that I love and I am getting myself back into writing on a daily, so by that standard I am most certainly not a failure(In my opinion) College can be a very funny thing and but it’s most certainly not for everyone. Congratulations to everyone who has graduated this year, and to everyone that hasn’t graduation or won’t graduate on time don’t worry your time in the spotlight will come.