Joe Antenucci

Joe Antenucci
“I think anyone with Internet access and a hard as nails drive/mentality can find, learn, and do what they want.”
—  Joe Antenucci

Joe Antenucci never questioned whether he should go to college. “In my school and peer group, that's just what you did. If you weren't going to college, you were going to the army, or there was something wrong with you.” He began university at Ohio State, and was advised to take different classes for the first two years at college, then pick a major. He soon realized that if you don't know what you want to do, “you shouldn't commit the time and money to school. College is too expensive to be a place where you ‘figure it out.’ I'd recommend going to school only if you know what you want to do, you're sure college is the best route for that job/career, and you can commit the time and money to that mission. Some people have a sense of clarity and purpose when they're young and that's awesome, but in my limited opinion, most don't and are better off exploring the world and exploring their interests or curiosity.”

During his junior year of college, he spent a quarter abroad in Ecuador where he learned Spanish and caught the traveling bug, and at this point finally decided to leave college. He started his self-designed learning journey by traveling to Mexico and Colombia to continue to learn Spanish and teach English. “In Ecuador I hated going to class to ‘learn’ Spanish when I was surrounded by it and could just walk outside and go practice or learn by talking with people. Books do help, but after a certain point, you are better off just practicing conversation instead of memorizing vocabulary about rock climbing or some other topic you will almost never talk about.”

Joe ended up living and working abroad for a year or so and did some awesome things. “Eventually, the novelty of traveling wore off, and I realized it wasn't what I wanted to do long-term.” He decided to go home and in addition to spending time working odd jobs, continued to learn. He went to the local library to learn to write, and went online to learn the in’s and out’s of social networking. Through Uncollege he ended up finding an opportunity to apprentice for author of “The Education of Millionaires,” Michael Ellsberg, and moved to New York City in February. He is now working on various projects with a few online entrepreneurs. He advises other Edupunks, “I think anyone with Internet access and a hard as nails drive/mentality can find, learn, and do what they want."

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