Hey friends! So this was a requested post and I am not sure why, but some of you guys would like to know why I didn't attend college. Here's the story of the events that lead to not going to college I guess haha. "What are your thoughts on college? What about a job? Did marriage effect that choice?"  I would love to answer these questions and really dive into my opinion of college. Keep in mind these are my personal opinions and if you don't agree then oh well, we all have our own opinions lol.

So taking it back to high school, I graduated high school in 2015. I only attended high school for three years and graduated a whole year early. The reason behind that is because I was sick of school. I had no interest in being there, which is terrible, education is a privilege! I really wanted to just move on and actually start growing up. They say not to grow up to fast but I was definitely one to disobey that rule. Don't get me wrong, I had a lot of great memories made there but after three years I guess I was just over it. So, deciding to graduate early meant deciding what I wanted to do after school earlier.

My plan was to work for a year after graduation and then start college with my original class. During that year a lot of things changed. I traveled a bit during the summer and got into a serious relationship with my now husband. I also worked at a music store which was pretty sick! I had no clue what I wanted to do for a career and I refused to settle into a 9-5 job. I would just go crazy. Then somewhere in the mix, I decided to move out of my parent's house and live with my cousin! It was such an experience moving out at 18. Let me clarify, I had no reason to move out. I just really wanted to learn how to be independent away from my family before getting married and stuff! My parents were supportive but also were saddened by the choice. I learned a ton during the time living on my own and it was great but crazy, maybe I'll go more into detail about it later in a different post.

During that time I was working two jobs, saving money, paying bills, the whole "adult" thing. I eventually started playing around with Wyatt's mothers Nikon camera and really fell in love with taking photos. I then saved enough money to buy my own camera and new laptop and that's when I dove into photography. I landed an internship with a photographer who worked for Clemson Universty and he taught me the ropes of starting in this crazy business. I was such a "new-be" to the creative/photography community and I knew there was going to be a lot to learn.

Almost a year went by, and my cousin ended up moving and I didn't want to live in the house alone and because of the last minute decision, I decided to move back to my parent's house until further notice. Once I moved back I started looking for apartments and stuff and just couldn't really find anything that I was comfortable with. I was still pursuing photography and had actually made a plan to attend a community college for Visual Arts after Christmas. 

Come January, spring semester, I was literally about to be going to college and last minute I decided no. I did not feel my heart called to attend school. What I wanted to do was continue pursuing photography hands on, not by reading books about it. And I know that's not what college is. I very well would have gained a lot of knowledge had I attended college but I also didn't feel it necessary for the career I was leaning towards. I knew the way I wanted to learn was by physically taking pictures and building my business as my own.

With making this decision meant trying to build a business from the ground up. This meant not having two full-time jobs which also meant staying home with mom and dad, which wasn't a bad thing at all! I really focused on photography and what type of photography I wanted to stick too, weddings, lifestyle, portrait, street, the list goes on. I fell in love with shooting love. So weddings and couples became my focus. I eventually landed this internship with a known wedding photographer, Julia Madden Sears. Durning the internship I had gotten engaged and married so college wasn't really a thought. I had become pretty successful and knowledgeable through the two years after high school that I don't think I would have benefitted from college as much as I would want to. 

I have a weird opinion on the whole "college thing". I think that if you're able to attend college without putting yourself into thousands of dollars of debt and you have the time and the money then, by all means, have a great 4 years. But I just didn't feel like going sit through 4 more years of classes, teachers, books, essays, just school in general, just to come out with a business degree you can use to get the same job you could have without it. I understand there are advantages to having a degree, but to have a degree you don't need is just weird to me. Now, to be a doctor, nurse, teacher, therapist, all those careers that need a degree that's a completely different story. Like I said if you have the means then have fun!!! I don't know maybe if I had gone to college I'd feel differently but yeah, I am so happy and blessed on where the last two years have brought me and I wouldn't have it any other way. 

So to answer briefly the questions above, why? Well, I really didn't feel it necessary for my career path nor was my heart being called to go to college. What about a job? I run a pretty successful photography business without a degree... Did marriage effect the decision? I wouldn't say marriage had anything to do with not going to college. I believe that if tomorrow I told Wyatt I wanted to go to college he would support me! But yeahhhh, there is the super long story on why I didn't go to college! I hope you enjoyed reading this chapter of my life and that I answered all the questions! Thank you so much for reading and I will write more soon! 


Madison Pratt