What was your first act of independence?
For most of us in America, it’s going to college. Whether you are a high school student moving away from home for the first time or you’re an adult degree seeker, going for your degree is a bold act of ambition. It’s a choice to be stronger and more successful as an individual.
A degree is a declaration of independence.
The American Founders, responsible for that Declaration of Independence we just celebrated, were blindfold haters. And now for a DegreeCast History Flashback!
We Americans love to talk about how brave the colonists were for standing up to the strongest government (with the biggest army) in the world. England was terrifyingly huge, much like Google or the Kardashian/Jenner family. Jefferson, Franklin, and Adams knew that declaring independence from the British crown was a BFD. No one had ever done it before.
But what drove those early 4th of July partiers wasn’t the thrill of punching out the giant. It also wasn’t the future promise of lawn chairs, barbecued meats, and Bruce Springsteen. The colonists were simply tired of stupid games.
The British had been forcing the Americans to play an international game of Pin the Tail on the Donkey. “Close your eyes and just trust us,” the Brits might have said. “We have your best interests in mind. We’ll give you options—just let us point you in the direction.”
And 225+ years later, we still celebrate the time the revolutionaries flipped the tables and called BS on the British blindfolders. Sure, Americans might sometimes put the tail on the donkey’s nose, but since 1776 we do it with our eyes wide open. It’s our choice and our (jack)ass—and that’s the way we like it.
It’s Independence Day 2015, so our question here at DegreeCast: how do you pick a degree program? Do you know the many options you have or do you trust junk mail, dated booths at college fairs, and online banner ads?
It’s Independence Day any day you want. Declare yours with DegreeCast.