So you want to take a gap year, and you have lots of ideas for what it could look like. Perhaps you’ve lined up an exciting job opportunity for yourself. Perhaps there’s an awesome program that you’ve signed up to participate in. Perhaps you’re...Read More
This one’s a quick read. I find consulting for others so much easier than consulting for myself. Maybe it’s because ultimately I’m not the decision-maker, and am not accountable for consequences/ am not the one coughing up the money; maybe it’s...Read More
When I decided that I was going to take a gap year, I spent endless hour planning (read: fantasizing) about what I was going to do when I finally had the freedom to choose. But after writing my fourth or fifth plan and then ripping it up into...Read More
If you are a hackademics, you choose not to rely on academic degrees to get ahead in life. Instead, you rely on self-direction and your actual expertise. This means that you have to actually know our stuff; you have to aim to develop the skills...Read More
The College Board's most recent survey discovered that the average cost for attending one year at an in-state, public university, inclusive of housing, meals, fees and books came to a grand total of $18,943, or about $80,000 if you graduate in 4...Read More
If you’re a hackademic, reading is one of the most important things you can do to drive your education forward. It allows you to access the knowledge and wisdom of hundreds of thousands of people. Therefore, it’s important to be able to read with...Read More
I’m really embarrassing.
When I was 15, I came across the idea of a mentor: someone more hands-on than a teacher, but not as much as a tutor. Someone who gives you life advice, with or without advice about the specific field that you’re...Read More
When I graduated high school I knew for a fact I did not want to go to college.
Not only did I not have the money to pay for it – and won’t anytime soon – but I’m just not book smart, and after thirteen years of school, why would I want to tack...Read More
When I told people I was taking a gap year, they were surprised. But they were often even more surprised when they realized that I was deferring Stanford to do so. Wouldn’t the school question my academic integrity? Wouldn’t I fall behind my...Read More