My parents were not going to send me to college, and I graduated high school two years early with national honors only to work in their restaraunt. So on my 18th birthday, I told my father I had to pick up something from the post office and never came back, I joined the Army. I got out of the Army 6 months early, NO benefits. I worked three jobs, but I finally paid off 14 years of college, and in my profession, none of it is utilized. There are only so many wacky art professors needed. Atleast I feel invested in myself. I may not have "things" or a nice place to live, but I have had a great education, and have been lucky enough to go to school in several parts of the US. Not bad for someone whoose second language was English. Now if I couldlearn Japanese, Filipino and Spanish, I'd be set, I could work anywhere in the US.