By Jean Fan
Some people break laws; they are convicts. We put them away. Others break unenforced rules, like the guy who cheats when the professor isn’t looking in order to pass a test. They are cheaters. We don’t like them very much. Still others unknowingly break rules — rules of social conduct. They may seem awkward or abrasive. They aren’t very cool, either.
But then you have hackademics, who actively defy social norms and challenge “common sense.” They break many rules. Yet people like them, look up to them even.
Why? Because hackademics break rules with good intent.
They are not trying to hurt anyone. They are not doing it unintentionally, either. Rather, they purposefully disregard ideas that limit them from reaching their full potential, setting a precedent for others in the process.
You will inevitably break rules. There are simply too many of them. Therefore, learning how to break rules — and which rules to break — is really important, especially if you’re trying to hack your education.
So what rules do you break?
UnCollege is hiring an apprentice to assist the program team in the operation of our Gap Year program this Spring. This is an excellent opportunity for a young person to gain experience working in a quickly moving startup environment.
As an apprentice at UnCollege you will:
Support the UnCollege staff with operational needs
Assist in supporting the program participants (Fellows)
Schedule guests speakers, collect feedback, research sweet events and organizations for our fellows to take advantage of
Take initiative and work on projects that match your skills and interests
To be an apprentice, you must be:
willing to live at the UnCollege house in San Francisco, CA
an excellent writer
smart as hell, dedicated, and organized
Why should you apply for this position?
It is a paid position.
This is an apprenticeship, not a long-term job. However if it works well it could turn into something longer-term.
You will interact with well-known people and make connections that will advance your life and career.
I know lots of people who do interesting things, and, if you perform well, will gladly serve as a reference.
To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, and writing sample to [email protected]
Written by Alex Clifford
Taylor Fogarty was an English major at Virginia Commonwealth University before dropping out to participate in UnCollege’s Gap Year program. Read her story below.
Why did you want to participate in UnCollege’s Gap Year program?
I was in college, and I was stressed because I didn’t know what I wanted to do. I felt like I was wasting my time.
After reading a New York Times article about Dale, I did more research into UnCollege. It was the most well-rounded gap year program I could find. It wasn’t just about going abroad. Instead, Gap Year was everything I had wanted from college, but didn’t think I was going to get if I stayed in school.
How did your parents feel about this?
My dad was calm about it. He had a similar experience, having only gone to college for a month before feeling unfocused. In fact, he was proud that I had found something else to do instead of dropping out and doing nothing.
My mom was the same way, although she was a bit upset because she had taken out a loan to help me pay for college. But both of them knew that I needed to do this for myself, so they were overall happy and excited for me.
You’re now in the first phase of the program. What are you working on?
The thing I’m most excited about has been creating my fashion blog. That’s been a big thing, in addition to building my social network and going to networking events.
Then I have my internships, which are AWESOME. I wasn’t actively looking at this stage in the Gap Year program, so getting them was totally unexpected.
The first one is at a boutique and gallery named Wonderland. It’s really close to the UnCollege house, and I’d dropped in to shop before. One day I asked if she needed some extra help. She was psyched! This is my “fun” internship. I model for Irene, the owner, and write up her blog.
I’m learning a lot from my position at Wonderland, especially about the small business side of the fashion industry. Irene buys and sells clothings, and it’s interesting to see how the industry works on a local scale.
My other internship is with a woman named Sarah Liller, who I emailed after finding online. She’s a designer and has her own line. She’s very established! People recognize her name, and she’s doing some work with Macy’s.
I initially emailed her about sewing lessons. She replied: “I don’t have time to give lessons anymore, but I really need an intern!”
I go for hours at a time. It’s very intensive in the design world. I’m learning about the way clothing is made — which fabrics are used, how to assemble them, and how Sarah takes her ideas from paper to fabric. Watching her and how she works is amazing!
It’s a great balance between the internships. One is really fun and the other is really hard. I’m learning a lot from both.
How has Gap Year equipped you for the real world?
I’ve learned how to network and better use the resources around me. It’s made me become a more open person and approach things with an open mind.
Now I feel as though I could travel to any city and thrive in it. I landed in San Francisco just a few weeks ago, and already I’ve gotten two amazing internships and built a huge network of supportive people. I feel like I could do this anywhere… Spain, New York, you name it!
I no longer feel as though I’m meandering through life, which is how I felt in college. Instead I’m waking up everyday feeling excited, thinking: “Let’s do this!”
How has it been living alongside the other UnCollege fellows?
Everyone here has an amazing story and is so smart. There are conflicts from time to time, of course, but all in all it’s a great environment.
I definitely feed off the energy of other people in the house, who are so positive and driven. They’re great resources!
Would you recommend taking a year off to other people?
Heck, yeah! I want my sister to do it too. She’s graduating next year.
You don’t know who you are when you graduate high school (or even college). Taking a break, getting outside of your comfort zone, and stepping back from the traditional system is really important.
Where do you hope this will all lead?
My end goal is to be in the fashion industry (accomplished!) doing something I really love. I haven’t figured out what that is yet, but I’m learning a ton about that now. I’m confident I can get there.
By Jean Fan
As I’m observing this cohort of UnCollege fellows and taking a gap year myself, I’m noticing patterns. Here are two essential meta-skills you have to practice as a gap year student:
1. How to be comfortable with uncertainty
It takes guts to take a gap year, because you’re admitting to the world that you don’t have your life all figured out. No one does, obviously, but being able to admit this openly is a sign of maturity.
If you choose to go the college route, you’ve chosen a path that is well-traveled and “safe” in the eyes of society. College students know for certain what they’re going to be doing for four years: going to school. Gap year students don’t have that luxury.
Perhaps you chose to take a gap year because you didn’t know what you wanted to study in school. Perhaps you took a gap year because you didn’t know if you even wanted to BE in school.
On your gap year, you’ll be confronted with a lot of uncertainty as well. Your plans during your time off from school will most certainly change, or not pan out the way you expected them to. And that’s okay. Welcome to real life.
2. How to be a misfit (and explain yourself!)
“So where do you go to school?” This is a question that I get asked by almost everyone I meet. (A more neutral question, by the way: “Where in life are you?”)
People make the assumption that every young person is in school. Not all of us are, of course, and people who are taking a gap year have chosen a noticeably different step.
Usually people can answer the question above with one or two words, and then the interaction is over. Interactions as a gap year student go more like this:
Other Person: “So where do you go to school?”
Gap Year Student: “Actually, I’m not in school right now. I’m taking a gap year.”
Other Person: “Whoa, that’s really interesting. Why are you doing that? How are you spending your time? What will you do after this year?”
Gap Year Student: “Well… [insert rather long explanation here]”
The thing above doing unusual things is that you have to justify them constantly — which is great, actually. You immediately seen as someone interesting to talk to. You get extra practice pitching yourself, which will come in handy in the long run. You delve into the why behind what you’re doing, and as a result have a platform that allows you to have more meaningful conversations.
What are other skills that Gap Year students have to learn? Send in your thoughts to [email protected].
By Melanie Ellison
I was going to be the type of student to never transfer, not take longer than four years to graduate, and certainly never quit college. I had been awarded a nearly full-ride tuition scholarship to the private college of my choice, and by the end of my first year had made the Dean’s list with my 3.8 GPA.
Little did I know how my type-A degree-path plans would change! After a year of college, I realized that I personally did not need a degree to be successful in life—I needed skill. I knew I could develop skill much quicker and more effectively without the interference of arbitrarily required courses, which did not directly advance my life. I saw that the value I obtained at college was mostly through times of one-on-one instruction with my professors and through stretching myself to study and write papers. This I knew I could continue outside of the college framework.
As one who was fortunate enough to be rigorously homeschooled all my life, I have always seen the benefit of pursuing education at one’s own pace, either through one-on-one instruction or independently. This is how the children of royalty were educated: those who sought to shape them into leaders realized that the path to excellence was not through mass education in the classroom, but rather through individualized shaping of their unique potential. After realizing this, I discovered that in addition to the downside of mass education, other losses can accompany a college education.
One of the biggest things that a young person loses by going to college is four vital years. Now that my classmates have graduated, I have been granted an acute view into the difference between where we are now based on our different uses of the last four years. A few weeks ago, I watched a video of the senior speech of one of my classmates. It was a very instructive moment for me as I analyzed how stale and untested her theories were. Compare that to a person who found creative ways to work (without a degree) in their field of interest for four years. That person would have so much more experience of what actually brings results and what doesn’t. For myself, by having the last four years in my own hands instead of an academic course planner’s, I have been able to start several businesses (including www.LifegivingLinen.com which offers garments and bedding made out of the supercharged healing fabric of linen) and also simultaneously study subjects in depth that directly interest me.
The difference between the creative experience-gaining person and my classmate is real-life learning that benefits one immediately versus textbook learning that oftentimes has to be thrown out of one’s mind as no longer pertinent when he or she enters the workforce. Compare the invested quality of learning that comes from starting a home business to taking a college course in business, for example. Actually starting a business gives one a hands-on education. In this economy, having a degree isn’t a guarantee of landing a job anyway. You don’t get a job; you make a job (thanks to The College Conspiracy documentary for that idea) by finding a need in the market and meeting it for less than the next guy. Anybody can have him or herself a business (and a fantastic real-world education in the process) by following that formula, regardless of whether they have a degree.
Another major loss that graduates incur results from being sucked into the financial vortex of inflated college tuition. Student loan debt has topped $1 trillion, with students graduating with an average of $28,000 worth of debt (some are snowballed with as much as $160,000 that they can’t shrug off even through bankruptcy). As I wrote on page 91 of my book Chucking College, “Doing the simple math reveals that financially, one would be better off with any job, even minimum wage, or a small home business, than to face seemingly insurmountable figures of debt with the highest-paying job around. Four to eight years of saving money, living at home, and being entrepreneurially productive have proven to advance some far beyond their friends who chose the college route. After all, a plumber without a degree earns more over a lifetime than a doctor or a lawyer (when educational loans are subtracted from their lifetime income).”
Granted, some are called to one of the handful of professions that do require a degree (and there are creative ways—such as CLEP tests—to get that degree in less time and for less money than attending college). However, for the great majority, thinking outside the box as to how to gain skill and knowledge will propel them further in life and vocation than going to college. It is a freeing thing to know that there are options on the path to success.
Melanie Ellison is the author of Chucking College: Achieving Success Without Corruption, a guidebook for Judeo-Christian young people who seek to design their own 21st-century higher education.
During the first ten weeks of the Gap Year Program, UnCollege fellows live, work and play together in a big house in San Francisco. A question members of our community ask us frequently is this: how do fellows typically spend their time during the Launch phase? Here’s a quick peek.
1. Getting coaching and making progress on their goals
To start off each week, fellows meet with their program specialists, who help them determine their goals and set action steps for the week. This fresh perspective is helpful for fellows who aren’t making as progress as they want to be. Having a personal coach to keep you on track is a great system for accountability.
2. Attending in-house workshops and jam sessions
Because Gap Year is designed to help fellows succeed in the real world without a degree, UnCollege’s in-house workshops focus on practical skills like getting internships and finding mentors. Fellows spend time in jam sessions working together on skills like writing and researching. Guest speakers like Gregg Pollack (founder of Code School), Sandra Aamodt (former editor-in-Chief of Nature Neuroscience), and Bay McLaughlin (startup advisor and consultant) will regularly come in and give workshops.
3. Going to meetups, hackathons, incubators, and so forth
Fellows have a wide variety of interests, and will regularly go to meetups on anything from Bitcoin to photography to growth hacking. Last week many of the fellows went to Hacktech in Los Angeles, and the week before they visited Highway 1, a hardware incubator in SF. By going to events and “hustling,” as it’s often referred to by people in the startup world, fellows meet like-minded people and strengthen their networks.
4. Exploring San Francisco with new friends and mentors
We also like to have fun. Luckily we live in San Francisco. Whether it’s going out for a nighttime hike or to a rooftop party in the Financial District, fellows spend lots of time with new friends and mentors. Playing together is the best way to cultivate meaningful relationships.
5. Developing their personal brands and portfolios
One of the most important aspects of being a hackademic is having a reputable and recognizable online presence. Unlike what we’re taught in school, it isn’t enough to just censor your Facebook account and call it a day. You have to be a lot more proactive than that. During the course of these ten weeks, fellows are spending a lot of time actively developing their personal brands and adding to their portfolios.
By Jean Fan
Q: Tell me a little about yourself, Caleb. What do you like to do?
I love making videos. During high school, I got the opportunity to learn video production, which I really enjoyed. It was a great way to start out the day. Because I had access to equipment and software I couldn’t afford on my own, it really made a big difference in my trajectory.
Last year, I won first place in a video competition in the Long Island Region, sponsored by SkillsUSA. My piece was done through linear editing — which means if you mess up, you have to rewind, find the beginning of your last scene, and tape over it. I later went to the state competition, held in Syracuse, and won second place. That was a fun experience.
I also love golf. As my summer job for the past few years, I’ve worked at as a caddy at the Shinnecock Hills Golf Course, where they’ve held the US Open multiple times.
Q: What was your experience like in school?
I had a very limited worldview during much of high school, as did my friends. We didn’t know what it was actually like in the real world, and we hadn’t been exposed to the concept of “hacking” your education.
During school, I started spending time thinking about my motivation for being there. I realized that most of us just did activities and took classes to make us look good on college applications. That bothered me.
As I read into it, I began to understand the fallacies that exist in the world of higher education: for example, that you need 4 MORE years of school to get a respectable job. You don’t.
My mom was very much on the same page. During my junior year of high school, after hearing about the success of the European gap year tradition, she introduced the idea of taking a gap year to me as well.
Q: What excited you about UnCollege’s Gap Year program?
I’m just beginning my life in the real world, and I’m at a point where I want to explore and become more well-rounded. General ed classes aren’t great for that purpose, but doing things in the real world is — and I’m excited because Gap Year will help me do that.
Coaching is also a big plus for me. It’s been wonderful to have someone sit down with me every week and help me talk through my goals, figuring out what’s working, and what isn’t. Having someone to talk to very frankly about what I want to accomplish — and knowing that I won’t be judged or ridiculed — is so helpful.
Q: How has your time been in the program so far?
It’s been great. I love the setup of the program so far, and I’m really enjoying the curriculum. I feel like I’m learning new, tangible things every time I go into a workshop. Learning things that are directly applicable in the real world, and being explicitly taught key skills (instead of being somehow expected to naturally pick them up in a college environment) is important to me. I especially enjoy the jam sessions — when we get together as a group and make progress on specific goals, from brainstorming to creating a plan to taking action.
Also, being around this group of kids is so cool. Everyone is always so willing to offer helpful advice and share their perspective. We all come from such diverse backgrounds, so we’re able to help each other out quite often.
I’m excited to partner with some of the other fellows on video projects. Erik is a musician, and we’re thinking of making a music video together. Alex is interested in doing a series of interviews with entrepreneurs, so there’s a possible collaboration in that as well.
Q: Do you see yourself going back to college?
As of right now, I simply don’t see myself wanting to. After a year of learning how to be self-sufficient and successful in the real world, what’s the incentive?
Q: Where do you want to be at the end of the launch phase? At the end of the program?
My ideal situation for the end of this year is to have traveled a bit, and then to start a job in the real world. I’d love to go to Argentina.
I have a couple key goals in mind for the launch phase. I’m getting back into blogging, so I can have a written record of everything exciting that I’m doing here. I want to get my website and online portfolio together. I want to meet even more interesting people and see what they’re up to.
UnCollege has been really exciting so far. I can’t wait to see how much I’ll have grown by the end of the year!
By Daniel Windham
Daniel builds intellectual community and studies physics at Harvard. He took a year off following freshman year to work on a knowledge mapping startup in Palo Alto. He was also part of the first Hackademic class. His experiences are most pertinent to studying STEM but generalize to other fields as well.
I spent my freshman year of school meeting people and running around to all the interesting speakers and events on campus. I had signed up for two dozen mailing lists and got about 40 emails a day, which I raked constantly to find these events. Coming out of high school, most of my peers were far more interesting than any group I’d ever spent time with (and the university culture reinforces this attribute), so I kept recalibrating what I wanted in the people I spent time around and became close to. Classes were pretty good, especially some of the lectures I went to, and (at least for problem set classes) the homework felt worthwhile. I didn’t focus heavily on classes though.
Until the end of high school I found engineering, science, and math dull (though I was great at math), and I wanted to counteract that mistake. Freshman year I leapt into CS and life-sci classes. I was frequently distracted by the many other opportunities, however, and I had trouble engaging myself with technical subjects or interacting with peers on technical material. It wasn’t that I was having doubts about whether tech was for me, it was that I lacked the frameworks for these subjects.
So I ran off to a software startup for a year. This built a strong framework and experience base for CS, immersed me in hacker culture, and coincidentally led me to science, too. There were some other reasons for doing this: I developed an understanding of startups and of the many elements of a company; I worked crazy hours on a single project for months, compared to the dinky 12-hour problem sets you build for a class and then never look at again; I gained motivating perspective on the value of academic studies.
As I approached the one-year mark I wanted to focus on academic learning. Before this semester I’d never done that. I’d taken classes and learned from them, but it was never my main priority. This semester I went all out on my physics class, and it was fantastic. There were two other reasons I returned to school. I wanted to build strong relationships and, ideally, long-term teams. I also wanted to dig into the world of science, gaining insight into the world of research and developing patterns of hypothesis testing. I decided to switch to physics because it was harder, it would force me to learn math, it was deeply tied to experimental science, and CS is a lot easier to learn outside of school. Fundamentally, physics is about understanding what is going on in a system, no matter how convoluted it is, while CS is about writing rules that achieve human goals and that humans can understand. Both are powerful and useful, but I wanted to train the former.
When I say “physics is harder,” I mean that undergraduate physics comprises a small number of individually difficult ideas that each take a lot of effort to wrap your mind around and integrate into a successful framework. Biology is “easy” at the undergraduate level – there are few if any hard ideas in it. Bio undergrads learn many, many more chunks, and the major is about churn more than integration. I prefer “how deep” to “how much,” and physics is the extreme of “go deep.”
So these are my experiences so far. As for advice, take difficult classes. As best you can, differentiate between classes that are difficult (ones where each hour you spend is intense) and those that are simply time consuming. (This is another thing that turns me off from CS classes, actually – intro CS classes, and I think a number of upper level systems classes, often suck up a lot of your time doing pretty standard coding.) Math is the basis for everything technical, so do a lot of math from the beginning.
When you learn about classes that build community, take them. When you learn about classes that successfully teach intuition for technical systems and problem solving, these are extremely valuable, take them (most classes just teach content).
I’ll conclude my suggestions with three generic pieces of advice that are notoriously hard to follow. (I’m great at the first and suck at the other two, though I’m getting better.)
Developing deep understanding and expertise is important. Developing deep relationships with fantastic people is important. Grades don’t matter much. Titles and positions don’t matter much. Being a cog and getting tugged along by the incentive systems sucks, don’t do it, you will be wasting your life. Plus the most interesting people are the ones who are making their decisions on their own, and they tend to congregate away from the cogs.
Professors (and grad students) are fantastic. They have office hours, go to them regularly. Ask them questions about what they do, how they came to do that, what excites them, their experiences as undergrads, their families, university and departmental politics, university and departmental gossip, the history of each of these, key questions on your mind about anything (related to their field or not). To be a pro about it, go learn about them ahead of time, whether by reading their lab papers or reading their wikipedia entry. If you don’t think you have anything to talk about, that’s irrelevant. It will be difficult to mess up worse than by not going at all, even if you often come out of meetings feeling like you wasted their time. If you don’t have time to go chat with professors, you’re doing something wrong, make time. In particular, aim to build relationships with professors.
There are more cool opportunities to pursue than you have time for. Two to five orders of magnitude more, depending on how curious you are. You should prioritize one or two any given quarter, and you should minimize the time you spend on non-priorities. Furthermore, you need to get very good at organizing your time. If you don’t have a system that says how much time you’ll spend on what each day (blocking out what you’re doing hour by hour is probably optimal), you should experiment with that. If you’re not convinced that you should do this, start tracking how many hours you spend working productively and think how nice it would be if you could increase that by even 20%. And yet, through all of this – don’t be a cog checking off predefined boxes. Stay flexible enough to harvest the fruits of spontaneity, relaxation, timelessness, and freewheeling creativity, too.
 To illustrate what I mean by classes that build community, consider the question, “If my classmates, professor, and I get dinner together, how natural does this feel?” If it feels similar to getting dinner with your friends, the class has built community; if it feels like the dinner your academic advisor throws with you and the dozen other people she’s had two conversations with and who probably haven’t met one another, it hasn’t.
By Jean Fan
In school, learning happens in a vacuum. We associate it with the hours of 8 to 3, with orderly schedules and heavy textbooks, with boredom and the grind. At the end of the day, we leave, glad that it’s finally over.
When I began my gap year and embarked on an exploration of self-directed learning, I knew that learning would be very different in the real world. Specifically, I knew that in school, I wasn’t learning nearly as effectively as I could be. I knew that this year, I wanted to be.
I’ve spent a lot of time in the past few months thinking about this question: How can I expand my capacity for learning? Below, I share four things that I’ve started to do (or do better):
1. Treat everything as a learning experience.
Too many students fail to understand that there’s a distinction between learning and getting an education. They think learning only takes place in the context of school, and end up missing out on incredible learning opportunities in the real world.
Try to learn from everyone and everything. This requires a very open mindset, especially when you’re doing things or talking to people that you don’t find yourself particularly interested in. But hey, if you find yourself in a situation where you have to be doing something, you might as well take something from it as well!
2. Take care of your body.
Earlier this week we had ran a workshop on “Wellness” at UnCollege. Based on the logic that mind and body are one, it makes sense to take care of your body if you want to learn as much as you possibly can.
Eat right, get enough sleep, and work out every day you plan to work. You’ll be a lot more focused and in the right frame of mind as you try to learn.
3. Make learning what you do for fun.
It’s a Saturday morning. You have the entire day free. How do you choose to spend it? If you’re a hackademic, you wake up and want to get started on learning.
You take classes and read books — not because you have to, but because you want to and you’re intensely curious. Maybe you decide to learn about biotechnology, or maybe you decide to take a windsurfing class. What you learn doesn’t matter nearly as much as how you feel about it. Aim to associate learning with fun.
4. At the same time, understand that learning is supposed to be challenging and dynamic.
This has been the most difficult thing for me since leaving school, where learning is very structured and organized and sometimes not all that difficult. At the beginning of my gap year, for example, I tried setting a rigid schedule for my learning. It didn’t work.
If one section was particularly difficult, I couldn’t just scrape by with a B on a test and forget about it, like I often did in school — I needed to spend more time and just keep trying until I actually understood it, or what was the point?
Moreover, I found my attention naturally shifting as I began to learn more about certain areas. I realized that, unlike in school, where you often stick with one textbook throughout the entire course, in real life you can jump between resources and topics and entire fields however you please.
If you anticipate that learning will be challenging and dynamic, it’s less likely that you’ll get frustrated and quit. And if your goal is to learn more effectively than you ever did when you were in school, that is an immensely helpful realization to have.
By Alexandre Vaz
Leaving mainstream education is awesome. It is, really! You will never be rated and classified by people who tell you how much you know or if you’re “capable” of being a good professional through exams. You can learn what you’re really interested in and not what others say you should learn to become a successful person. You can build and follow your own path to success.
However, there’s a price for this freedom: Loneliness.
There is a built-in support structure in the school system that does not exist when you leave the existing trails to forge your own. Actually there is a lack of support in our culture in general. Alternative education is still very far from being accepted as a viable choice. It is still very hard to be supported when you choose this path, because of the prejudices against those who don’t want to follow the standard way, seeking to live differently, and because of the lack of knowledge about the subject. Leave your B.S. in Computer Science and your internship at Google for chasing an opportunity in the entrepreneurial world is and chances are that your whole family think you’ve gone crazy and your parents break down in tears asking what they did wrong.
If you tried to get off the regular life, it’s likely that you’ve faced a similar situation. And after that first month of excitement, when you passed from “that-ol’-classic-bored-and-uninspired-guy” to “the-super-productive-and-creative-guy”, you look around yourself to see who was with you and… no one. “That’s ok”, you say, “I can still go on by myself”. And a semester later, there you are, that ol’ classic bored and uninspired guy, back at your college and seeking an internship. After all, we are the average of the five people we most spend time with.
To live with people who encourage us, inspire us and force us to evolve is essential to successfully become a lifelong learner and a kick-ass professional. Being backed by a supportive and active community is the key for mastery and success. When you work with awesome people, you tend to be awesome at what you do. You breathe inspiration and have no problem with challenges and hard work, because you know that you’ll have support whenever you need it.
For a long time, the lack of a supportive community has been a problem for self-educated persons and entrepreneurs. How to get a good job working on things you are passionate about, if you studied and learned by yourself and you don’t have a piece of paper that “proves” you can handle that responsibility? Well, times are changing. Programs like Uncollege, Startups like Exosphere… People who’ve already followed this tough lonely path and know how difficult it is to make it, now are working to make it supportive and sociable for newcomers. Say goodbye to that lonely scary journey and say hello to a new world where you’ll find support and be truly prepared to build your own path. Consider yourself privileged. You’re about to see (and perhaps join) a great revolution.
I need the help of this community to pursue my path as a self-directed learner. My goal? Becoming a world-changing entrepreneur. Seeking ways to improve my entrepreneurial skills and be part of something bigger, this year I was accepted to a Boot Camp for entrepreneurial training organized by Exosphere, an institution created with the mission of establishing a long term community of entrepreneurs and innovators. This Boot Camp will take place in Santiago, Chile, from March to June 2014 and unfortunately, this is going to be an expensive trip that I can’t afford. I didn’t let this bring me down and started a crowdfunding campaign called Mission Exosphere. I need your support to start making my own way and attend Exosphere. You can contribute either by sharing or donating. Donations will be rewarded with one of 8 awesome perks of your choice. Check it out, like the fan page and spread the word! Thanks!