...And I probably should not comment directly on your piece. I know it has nothing to do with me (as I haven't spoken to you in over a year).
I guess what struck me was that, despite from coming from the absolute other side of the spectrum (I'm not going to college and everyone's saying that I have to vs you wanting to go to college and being faced with scorn) I completely agree with you. I guess I'm just really caught on the fact that we're faced with resistance and opposition no matter which way we go.
As someone who tried college and it didn't work out. As someone who is a REALLY STUPIDLY GOOD student. As someone who is still constantly faced with the expectation that I am going to college/will be returning in the very near future...
I personally believe and make a point to explain to people that college isn't a bad thing, and has its many merits. It's such a personal decision.
A counterculture where everyone does drugs / takes entry level positions at McDonalds out of high school and remains there -- that isn't a culture I am or want to be a part of. However, people have to recognize that it isn't college/no college, black and white. Like myself, it works for me to take the path that I am, because of my skillset and emotional and financial profiles. I am not at a place where I would thrive in a college environment, and the additional high cost of a college education doesn't add up to my benefit.
But that doesn't mean I'm above the system. Honestly the "system" is a bunch of bullshit that glorifies one pathway, rather than recognizing the inherent value of each different one, INCLUDING the mainstream/typical college experience.
Bleh, anyways, you probably won't read this, but power to you for owning your opinions and decisions, and godspeed.