I went through my high school and college years depressed and anxious without really understanding that what I was feeling wasn’t healthy or normal. I was a high-achieving, active, social person so it was easy to hide –even from myself. I was a different person in public than I was in private. I did some therapy in college with the university’s therapists, but it wasn’t much help. My mental health got considerably worse when I left college, and I think that’s because I no longer had the constant distraction of fitting a four-year college degree and college experience into three years. That was a fabulous distraction from the mental work I needed to do to heal.
The value of a college degree has depreciated over the decades, despite an increased cultural value on higher education itself. That can be observed by how many college graduates have a hard time finding good work, with nearly 4 out of 10 minimum-wage workers in the US being college grads (EPI, 2013).