I had always envisioned myself going to college. I led a very typical and mediocre life when I was nearing adulthood. I had no thoughts of what life could present for me besides a casual interest in earning a degree. Learning had always been my objective, but even at a young age, I knew that I would be forced me into taking student loans, with tuition at local state and city colleges consistently increasing. And then I would be forced into working my way out of debt. I wanted freedom, and buying a ticket into the standard education system did not seem like a right path.