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This is a personal question and I need some objective, unbiased opinions. I realise that none of you know me but I would really appreciate your input.
Over a year ago, I left a good job with the civil service in order to go to college and then to University. I spent a year doing A Levels so that I could start a Degree course this year.
I started a Degree in Sport Management this September, and while it is good, it is not what I imagined it would be like. I am tired of studying and I want to get on with my life. It feels like I’ve been preparing for life for years, and I’m not actually living it. My friends all have partners and some even have kids and I’m still living at home studying. I really feel like I need more “real world” experience.
I want to open a Boxing Gym and I thought that a Degree in Sport Management would be a real asset. Now I’m not so sure. I’m 21 and I’ve already been asked to take over two Amateur Boxing Clubs, but due to the fact that I’m at University, I had to refuse the offers. One of the gyms even offered to pay me £50 for every session that I ran. I’ve also worked the corner at some Amateur bouts and one unliscensed fight.
I know that practical experience is what counts if I am to succeed in the boxing world. Many of the best trainers and gym owners never had a degree or even a college education; it was their experience that counted. I am seriously considering quitting University to get a job in order to get some money to open the gym. I have lots of contacts and I know that I could get to meet some promoters and managers for advice on how to get started.
I am worried that I would be wasting my time by continuing with the degree; it takes three years and would cost me £10,000 ($20,613). While a degree is a great thing to possess, it would mean relatively nothing compared to experience within the boxing world.
If I leave the University, I would get a job and resume coaching others in boxing. I would even apply to start judging Amateur fights. I know a lot of people in the Amateur Boxing Association of England and so it would be easy to set up.
I was thinking of moving to New York City for a few months so that I could see how the big gyms like Gleason’s operate. I could afford to do this because I have a student loan installment due after Christmas. I figure that this would enable me to see how a successful gym is organised and it would be a great experience.
I just want something new. My cousin has been all over the world working on the Oil Rigs and he has even been crab fishing in the deep seas. I want to experience things like this; I’m just so sick of academia. I’m fed up with reading books about great things, I want to experience them for myself.
I honestly don’t know what to do. Part of me really wants to complete the degree because I don’t believe in quitting anything. I feel like I would be letting myself down. I don’t want to regret not getting the degree 20 years down the line. However, I am sick of the stress that it brings. I know that starting a business will be stressful but at least I would be following my dream; this is something I’ve wanted to do since I was 16 years of age. I want to work in boxing and this is what I will do, in whatever capacity the Lord wants. I also don’t really want to get into £10000 worth of debt for a degree that may not even help me in my career path.
What do you think?
Can everyone who reads this please reply because I really need the advice. I’ve asked my friends and family but their opinions are biased because of what they want me to do. I need an objective opinion that is not coloured with notions of what people want me to do.