Seth Godin is known mainly as a marketing guru and business author, but in a recent post he weighed in on choosing a college. Specifically, he points out that rather than paying whatever it costs to attend a $200K dream school, a student could attend a free school (assuming that option existed) and create an even more awesome experience:
Seth's Blog: Making big decisions about money
If you go to the free school, you can drive there in a brand new Mini convertible, and every summer you can spend $25,000 on a top-of-the-line internship/experience, and you can create a jazz series and pay your favorite musicians to come to campus to play for you and your fifty coolest friends, and you can have Herbie Hancock give you piano lessons and you can still have enough money left over to live without debt for a year after you graduate while you look for the perfect gig... |
Suddenly, you're not comparing "this is my dream," with a number that means very little. You're comparing one version of your dream with another version.
What's YOUR dream, and could another version be created?