I realized that even though I am already a fair amount into an apprenticeship program known as Praxis, I never really went in-depth on why I decided to join the Praxis program instead of going to college. Perhaps now, though, I can supplement my choice with my experiences two months in and give some honest feedback about what I’ve picked up on so far.
So before we truly begin, let me state that joining Praxis was definitely a last-minute decision, but one that had been in the works for some time. Let me explain… I knew most of my life that college wasn’t the right choice for me. Though I like to consider myself smart, I don’t thrive in a structured educational environment and I much rather prefer (and gain more from) an environment that encourages exploration, creativity, and free thinking. College, in my opinion, creates the guise of giving you those things, but it’s only because the restrictions from the high school environment are merely lifted a bit, giving you a taste of what life can truly be like.
The thing is, though, that I was already enrolled at a university and paid my deposit, with class approaching only weeks away. If I found out about Praxis even a week later than I had, I likely would not be here right now, typing this post…. I would be in a dorm studying for the chem test with my friends tomorrow. Luckily, however, I was able to put my name in for Praxis and crossed my fingers that I would be accepted into the program. And after a few weeks of writing, interviews, and emails, I was beaming with pride when I received a message that I had been accepted. That very day I got a refund for the deposit (with a bit of work) and un-enrolled from the university.
The months since have been a whirlwind of excitement, adventure, and self-growth. I’ve taken advantage of being able to work on Praxis modules remotely (coupled with the fact that I’m a freelancer) and traveled as much as I’ve been able to. As I noted in my About Me video (that I had a blast filming in Colorado), you are very limited in where you can go in college.
With that said, however, the Praxis advisors warned us about FOMO from seeing our friends in college having fun and studying together. I’ll admit that there are times I wish I had the luxury of having the next four years planned out for me and a regimented schoolwork schedule in place, but it’s a double edged sword. Part of the beauty of Praxis is the fact that I don’t know what I’ll be doing in a few years (let alone a few months) and the sense of adventure and excitement I get from that is worth it alone.
I also feel “safer” being in Praxis than if I was just going straight into the workforce… I know that amazing Praxis team and my cohort has my back and we’re all in this together. Not to mention that I’m learning a lot of skills that are important to have in the industry that I just wasn’t even aware of before. Those two things, coupled with a supportive family and great friends has really made this whole experience amazing.
As to why I decided to join Praxis, as I touched on earlier, I need room to create and express myself and colleges (even the most liberal) put limits on what you can do, but with Praxis is initiative-based which means I’ll get out of the program what I put in. I see myself as a self-starter and intrinsically motivated to perform, so Praxis only appears to be part of the natural progression of my career path.
In all, the past few months in the program have been as blast and I’m so happy I decided to go this route. I’ve already grown so much since starting and I know only more amazing experiences are in store for the future.