Too Cool For More School?



By Lonnie Woods III

Back to school season is here and  I am sitting here like “how did summer fly by that fast?” Fall is actually one of my favorite times of the year for style because… layers are back!

Fall is also back to school time and for as long as I can remember I have loved learning, the classroom and discovering new lessons. So it’s no surprise that I have a career in education as an adult.  As a college administrator, professor and teaching artist I get to experience just about all  sides of the field of education.

But one role that I do not currently occupy is the role of student.  I received my Bachelors degree back in 2008 and a Masters degree in 2012. People often ask me . “ do you plan on getting another degree? “ My answer is always something like “ I have no plans to”.   That’s right, mister education has no desire to go back to school right now. I must admit, I love learning, but I am not fond of the other elements of formal education such as project deadlines, reading several chapters in a short time, writing papers etc.

I feel that there is this quiet pressure in this country to get as many degrees as possible because more degrees means more power to more money or more fill in the blank. My community includes many colleagues and friends who are currently enrolled as students in various degree programs, over many industries. I also have many successful friends who did not go to or finish a bachelors program.

According to a study performed by, more than 16 million people in the US — about 8 percent of the population — now have a master's, a 43 percent increase since 2002

I used to feel like having more degrees made you more powerful until I found out that discovering my purpose was the most powerful thing I could attain. Everything else (including more degrees) are a compliment to my purpose. We all have different journeys with education however I never want to be enrolled in school simply to be enrolled and if I were to get a second masters or a phd  there would have to be a reason that reached beyond the prestige of gaining another degree.

I am at a beautiful place in my career where the level of education that I received is sufficient. That fact may seem contradictory because I love formal education and I am an advocate for college. I do believe you can over do it with formal degrees, yup I said it. Learning goes beyond formal education so I don’t think I will ever stop learning, but enrolling as a student in a degree program is not in my near future and I am ok with not being too cool for more school.

Just cus’ I am not going back to school , doesn’t mean that I don’t enjoy back to school style.

Check the deets for this back to school look :

Shoes: Converse

Shirt + Denim: H&M

Vest: Asos

Laptop Case: American Eagle (gifted)

Lonnie Woods III