How? Just…how? I am reposting this in the morning because people legitimately need to know about this. I’m on the same quarter system, and I will likely never take more than 20 credit-hours in one quarter.
My excuse is that I wasn’t a fucking millionaire celebrity. James Franco is the star quarterback of college. He sure is pretty, but gimme a break.
We were there at the same time. He was doing independent study in the film school or some shiz. It wasn’t like he was sitting through 2-hour Economic Theory lectures. (Trust me, because I was and I didn’t see no James Franco)
Which doesn’t mean he wasn’t still doing a lot of work. I hope I don’t step on any toes when I assume that Economic Theory would be a boring lecture to sit through. And film classes and whatever else he took would likely be more involved. But it’s not a competition to see which class is harder to pay attention in.
I know you aren’t pulling the “art kids are lazy because creativity isn’t really work” card, but it happens, and it’s disheartening. The out-of-work novelist and starving artist are archetypes that get romanticized by lazy people who want to be considered tortured souls. Art isn’t a 9-to-5 job and can’t be depended on to pay the bills, so you need to put in your time and work on your craft when you can.
James Franco, of course, doesn’t have to. Maybe you honestly think he didn’t have to put in much effort in those 62 credit-hours (I don’t know what that means… hours per week?) Maybe you could consider him the star quarterback of college. But that seems to stem from a sense of bitterness, which in turn is predicated on the idea that school is about the GPA and the degree. And if that is all you want out of school, then I understand why it would bother you that a famous dude did a shitload of schoolwork while filming popular movies and did pretty well. Quite
frankly franco-ly, it’s not fair.
But it’s also not fair to dismiss somebody for going to school when he really didn’t have to. He wanted to. For some mad reason, he had a burning desire to learn… whatever he learned - for the sake of the knowledge.
A degree? It’s a piece of paper that used to guarantee you a job. Then, it at least kept you a step ahead of the incoming workforce. Now it’s the new high-school diploma, a redundant standard with no real advantage. This poster actually kinda misses the point, too, but it’s an advertisement, not a long-winded blog post (ahem).
Everyone who gets a post-secondary education does it for their own personal reasons. If it’s something you need, there’s no faulting you for it. And if it’s something you want, do it gladly. A passion for learning is a beautiful thing. Even in beautiful famous people who star in movies where they cut their own arm off.