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If you ask an average Nigerian student what he would like to become in future, he will say, I want to graduate with good grades, go for service (NYSC), look for a good job, get married and settle down with my family. But come to think of it, is our destiny really tied to schooling? Can’t we succeed without going to school? What about that passion we have even before we gained admission? I want to let us know that you can only become successful in life if you follow your passion.
Here we are going to look at some students who dropped out of school to chased their passion and succeeded:
For more than a decade, he has been one of the wealthiest, if not the wealthiest man in the world. Gates left school two years after he entered Harvard University in 1973 so that he can concentrate more on his passion which is Microsoft. In 2007, more than thirty years after he left Harvard, he finally receives his degree from Harvard. At the commencement, Gates said, “I’m a bad influence. That’s why I was invited to speak at your graduation. If I had spoken at your orientation, fewer of you might be here today.
The Mac, the iPod, heck, even Buzz Lightyear probably wouldn’t have existed had Steve stayed in school. He dropped out of Reed College after just six months because of the undue financial strain it placed on his working-class parents’ savings. Having dropped out, he was able to found Apple, NEXT Computer, and Pixar, becoming an instrumental force in shaping the landscape of modern culture.
Frank Lloyd Wright
The America’s most celebrated architect spent more time designing colleges than attending them. Wright was admitted to the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1886 but left after only one year. He later moves to Chicago and apprenticed under Louis Sullivan, the father of modernism. “By the time of his passing, Wright resume included more than 500 works, most famous of which are Fallingwater and New York City’s Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.
Fuller- architect, thinker, inventor, futurist, college dropout. Expelled from Harvard not once, but twice, Fuller’s post-dropout period was anything but successful. He suffered a string of bad business ventures and years of anguish following his daughter’s death. While Fuller could have settled for a less than extraordinary life, he even contemplated suicide. He refused to buck to the bevy of bad breaks. At the age of 32, Fuller set out on a one man quest to change the world for the better. His unorthodox ideas such as the Dymaxion (a portmanteau of dynamic maximum tension) house and Dymaxion car captivated the nation, while his iconic geodesic domes would bring him international fame and recognition.
The Academy Award-winning director followed a circuitous route to Hollywood. Born and raised in Canada, he and his family moved to Brea, California in 1971. It was there that he enrolled in Fullerton College to study physics. His academic life did not last long. He dropped out, marries a waitress and became a truck driver for the local school district. It was not until he saw Star Wars in 1977 that Cameron traded his blue collar career for one, creating some of the late 20th-century’s most stunning (and expensive) science-fiction movies
Most University students use their dorm rooms to sleep, study, or do things their parents probably don’t want to know about. Mark Zuckerberg founded Facebook in his. Originally meant only for Harvard students, the popular social networking site quickly spread to the rest to the rest of the Ivies and other colleges across the nation. As Facebook popularity exploded, he packed up his bags and relocated the fledgling company to Palo Alto, California, forever leaving behind Harvard’s hallowed halls. So far, the decision has worked out pretty well for him.
Sacramento state calls him their most famous dropout. The storied actor left college to intern full time at the Great Lakes Theater Festival in Cleveland, Ohio. There, he learned various aspects of theater from lighting to set design, laying the foundation for his Hollywood career as movie star, producer, director and writer. In 2009, Hanks helped fund-raise money to help renovate the Cleveland Theater where he got his start.
In the world where prodigious sports talents tend to forgo higher education altogether for the pros, Tiger Woods chose to continue playing amateur golf at Stanford University as an economics major. After two years of playing golf in school, Woods turned pro with his “Hello World” announcement, officially ending his collegiate career. He was once the highest paid athletes in the world, earning more than $100 million annually at the height of his career.
Gaga attended New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts but dropped out just a year to pursue her music career full time. She broke into the New York club scene with her burlesque performances and was signed to Interscope Records at the age of 20.
All these names listed above dropped out of school to pursue their dreams. I am not telling you to drop out of school without no reason, but if you know you have a dream that you need to pursue just like these people did, I advise you drop out and chase it. You can always come back to school.
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