What is the difference between me at 18 and me at 22? At 18 I was moving out of my parents house. And at 22, I found myself boomeranging right back. Same basement room, but now I was in debt. Four years of school, 120 credit hours, 1 fraternity and 12 musical plays later, and I couldn’t even change my address. Don’t worry though, this isn’t a sad story. It’s more like a comic without pictures.
In the year since I’ve been out of school I have been a dry cleaner, an office aid, a camp ground maintenance man, and a professional performer. The last one being my real passion. But, none of them having anything to do with the four years of Creative Writing I studied. Funny how that works out. Now I find myself with a serious girlfriend, a good paying gig, and a move to New York City coming this fall. The one thing I don’t have though? The degree.
I worked hard at school: 21 credits every semester, at least 2 plays a year, and countless concerts and cabarets. for 3 years. And then I crashed. Senior year was a nightmare. I didn’t sleep, I ate like a pig and drank like a fish. And after 4 years, 3 degrees declared and debt, real debt, I called it a day. I didn’t “stick it out” or “buckle down” for that all too common 5th year. I got out while I could still breathe.
My parents were mad, my girlfriend was confused, and I was a mess.
One year later, I have a a great paying theatre job, a fantastic girlfriend, a relocation on the horizon, and a blog with my two best friends. How? Keep reading; it’s a funny story.
My life so far has been a weird series of plays, concerts, poetry classes, frat parties, diner epiphanies, and comic book shops. And while I am not going by “the plan” anymore, I think I’m headed in the right direction for the first time in years.
With my work on this page, I’m going to try and show you how school and the real world have been, for me, very opposing ideas. How I have to reconcile my choice to enter the job market and move away from my home state, without a degree. And how despite all this, I’m pretty damn happy for once.
I’m Dan Crary. I have no degree, a great job, and two damn good friends. This is our blog. Stick around and we will do everything we can to make it worth your reading.