Welcome to the second installment of 20-Something Questions, a new feature here on The Crazy Chronicles where I ask New Adult authors questions about their adventures in their twenties! If you have a suggestion for a future topic, leave a comment and let me know. If you’re a New Adult author writing in any genre and would like to participate in a future installment, click here to join us.
This week’s topic:
After High School
Did you go away to college after high school? What did you major in? If you chose a different path, what did you do?
During my senior year, I was in a bit of a panic because I had no idea what I wanted to do after graduation. I’d gone to a technical high school and, after four years in culinary, I learned that I love cooking but don’t like the industry much. I did, however, really like making websites. All throughout high school, I spent my free time writing stories and building websites for them. So I enrolled in a community college in my city and got my A.S. in Digital Arts: Multimedia/Web Authoring.
I worked my way through college by starting my own web design business, EKB Designs, and building websites for various small business and non-profits in my city. It was fun and I made decent money, but it was also exhausting. At one point I had three part-time jobs and my freelance work, all on top of my full-time courses. I often worked sixteen-hour days and longed for time to write stories instead of code.
Still, it was a lot of fun. For my final project during my last semester of college, I built a website for my pen pal support group, Letters of Love. By that time, I’d mastered HTML and CSS, and was teaching myself PHP. Oddly enough, I don’t remember much of it anymore!
Going away to university was my first time living away from home and it was a great decision. I’m one of the few people in the world who didn’t mind high school (elementary school, now that was a horrorshow), mainly because I had a small group of friends who were the proud weirdos of our school. Still I was in a small town and it felt very confining. Going away was very much about discovering a new world, one where people were passionate about movies, books and music—and willing to stand up for their opinions and debate them passionately for hours in the hallways of the residence. In high school it had almost been a competition to see who could care the least, because that was cooler. The new friendships I made away at school were intense, exciting, and overwhelming. If I could go back and take a different path, it wouldn’t be very different, but I would advise younger me to not get so caught up in the drama of all these new relationships, and pay a bit more attention to school. Though I am still friends with many of the people I met in my first year, and I don’t think I’ve used Intro to Astronomy very much in my life since.
As I’m English, I’ll presume that by “college” you mean university. I didn’t go there—never had any inclination to—much to my mother’s disappointment. The thought of moving to a new place where I didn’t know anyone freaked me out.
After leaving high school at sixteen, I did go to a British college where I studied hairdressing and beauty. I knew after the first year that it wasn’t for me. I hated the shallow bitchiness of the industry, and was the worst person ever at making small talk with the clients, but I stuck it out and qualified. At eighteen, I went to work in a small bookshop—a really quiet one. I spent most of my days reading, choosing who I spent my time with without them talking back. It was heaven. I’ve moved on to a bigger, busier bookshop now, but yeah, books were, are, and probably always will be, my life. Boring, huh?
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