I’m Graduating From School… and HackCollege
College is never really about what you learn in the classroom; it’s about the adventures you find along the way. I’m both sad and proud to announce that my adventure with HackCollege has come to an end.
We pride ourselves on the fact that every word written on this site was written by a current student, and with my graduation from Trinity only a few days away, the time has come for me to step aside.
In two years here I’ve had the honor of working with amazing people, traveling around the country, meeting internet celebrities, and even filling in briefly at Lifehacker. I’ve sat in the anchor chair on the NBC Universal Stage, filmed product reviews in the shower, and written articles that were viewed by more people than I could have reached at any college newspaper. I could go on and on, but trust me when I say that it’s been a surreal experience that I’ll always remember fondly.
The best thing I learned in my time here is that any student with a decent idea and a lot of determination can build the next HackCollege, and open up the very same doors for themselves. See Thomas Frank and College Info Geek for a case study. I didn’t start HackCollege myself, but from this perch I’ve been inspired by countless students building incredible apps, startups, and blogs, all in their free time between classes. I would tell anyone starting out in school to not sweat classes or grades as much as their activities and side projects; they’ll mean a lot more in the long run than any term paper or exam.
Now just because I’m no longer writing for this site doesn’t mean I’m disappearing into the ether. I’ll be off the grid for a little while, but I’ve got a few ideas up my sleeve, and I think I’ll be writing again regularly before too long, so follow me on Twitter, and keep in touch. It’s been a pleasure writing for all of you.