If I wasn’t in advertising,
I’d absolutely work in alternative education. More often than not, I found the process of university entirely debilitating and stale (if not fruitless).
Most of my greatest achievements throughout my academic career were self propelled and done thousands of miles away from campus. I know I’m far from the only one for whom that’s true. That’s why there needs to be space made for exceptions to rules and substitutions of often under-prepped classes for real world experience. Open source education/meaningful applied research speaks volumes about the passion someone has for a subject - leaving mandatory class obligations in the dust.
It boils down to this:
Some people need to be coddled on a campus. And some people don’t. Both are perfectly acceptable, and there is no grand champion. In my mind, university is very good at one thing: validation. If you’re able to find that outside of the red tape of an institution.. Go.
(Easier said than done with external peer pressure. But so important.)