Cameron Lovejoy of theautodidactsymposium shares his views on unschooling and living life without a university degree.
On what 'success' means:
Success, to me, is happiness and a passion for the work you do and the life you live. Yes, it’s cliché, but there is nothing more I want than to live a happy, interesting, and passionate life.
As long as I’m healthy and happy with myself, I’m successful.
These two projects provide very useful tools to growing unschoolers, and I benefit by seeing different ways of running two completely different and creative businesses from the inside.
The pros being meeting three or four close friends whom I still see to this day, learning to read at such a young age that I don’t remember learning it, participating in/creating several cool and creative projects, and experiencing the school atmosphere.
The cons include loosing a lot of my curiosity for many things in life, having my love of reading and writing almost completely squashed, having mean and disrespectful teachers, experiencing an invasion of privacy, and—something I’ve been recently noticing about my body compared to my brother’s—not getting the sufficient amount of sleep needed for a growing boy.
Having this freedom has finally opened my mind to learning again, and now I’m unstoppable! There’s nothing I don’t want to learn about anymore, which was definitely not the case back in school. And having not been forced to read since leaving school, I have finally found my love of reading.
Or they have collected school debts that they will still be paying off years and years after school. And often their majors are chosen on a whim.
I'd also like us to realize that you don’t have to have one career for the rest of your life. Changing your mind is OK. Learning completely new things is OK. Taking things slowly is OK. Gobbling things up is OK. Quitting is OK. Having the freedom to choose and the time to change is important. As a young person, it is good---it is empowering---to be trusted and respected.