I am 19 and this is the time when all your parents friends ask– so!…. what are you going to do now? this is one of the times in your life that you will be truly tested, how will you react? I decided last year that I am not going to college this is a VERY controversial choice I know but it just makes me sick that student loans have replaced credit cards as Americas number one form of debt. I have so many friends that have to work crappy jobs just to keep up with their loan payments and it’s always for degrees in art or dance or music– I would be no different. I have looked around the local art schools but they have been disappointing. The only thing that I feel like I will miss from the college experience is the social aspect but that alone is not worth the price tag. I want to make my living as an artist/crafter and I am prepared to live on very little for a long time– possibly forever! but I want to keep my freedom to do what i love and i am a hard worker.