After “a social media spark ignited” in response to a Facebook post where Billy Willson, freshman in architectural engineering, called college a scam and announced he was dropping out, the 4.0 GPA student of one semester at Kansas State started a “F*** College” t-shirt fundraiser, available for only seven days, according to a second Facebook post.
Willson in the t-shirt campaign said he is requesting “help to raise awareness for the scam that college has been and is becoming.”
When Ashleey Ley commented on the post to ask where the other 90 percent goes, Willson replied, “Investment into our business ventures and to show support for fellow entrepreneurs. Yes 10 percent may be small, but every amount makes a difference. If it wasn’t for my post you most likely would not have thought about donating!”
“Support students who want to stray away from the overrated path know as the college system,” Willson wrote in the post. “You may not see it today or tomorrow, but you will see it some day. Heck, you may have already seen it if you’ve been through college. You are being put thousands into debt to learn things you will never even use. Wasting four years of your life to be stuck at a paycheck that grows slower than the rate of inflation.”
The post, which was posted around 4 p.m. today, had received 154 likes, 24 comments and 17 shares by 7:30 p.m.
Willson has received both support and criticism on Facebook for his new start at an entrepreneurial business and for the t-shirt campaign.
Jada Marshall: “Keep going. They made funny of Bill Gates for dropping out and so many more dropouts, and look at where he is now. You have a vision. Follow it no matter what! I believe in you!!”
Jalen Chamblish: “Your are the voice of the voiceless. College is not for everyone and you are proving it. I hope you get interview by CNN so you can spread this movement.”
Isayah Porter: “I may be biased because school isnt my favorite thing, but I just finished my first semester of college too (graduated from Olathe North ’16) and I feel like I haven’t learned a single thing that will help me in the career I want to pursue outside of the class that is made for EXACTLY what I want to do. I don’t know you but I’m supporting you man.”
Jordan Martin: “You are a scam artist, and I can’t wait to see you fail. You are a joke.”
Kathryn Benson: “Looks to me as though this is an attention-getting ploy to sell t-shirts. I guess Mom needs your rent check.”
Micah Bender: “How many classes aimed towards your major have you taken in one semester of college? One or none probably. It’s the easiest semester of college and the least relative to your major. This kid’s a joke.”
Other social media reactions
Scottie Johns on Twitter compared Willson’s original post to the McDonald’s McRib.
Now that i've finished my first semester I think it's safe to say… THE MCRIB IS FAKE. So many of you being scammed in this flawed system. pic.twitter.com/HpmbCveY4Z
— Scottie Johns (@_ScottieBoy24) December 18, 2016
Some K-State students got quite defensive over the place they love full well.
We may not be able to agree on everything at KSU, but there's one thing we can for sure- that Billy guy is NOT OUR FRIEND.
— Lacy Pitts (@pacylitts) December 19, 2016
KState needs a seminar on "what not 2 post on social media so we don't look stupid or racist, but if some1 steals ur kit cat then its cool"
— Britt Widrig (@britt_widrig) December 19, 2016
Other students noted a 4.0 GPA after just one semester may not be something worth bragging about, but said eating a full meal from a certain Aggieville Chinese food establishment is.
A 4.0 GPA after one semester of college is nothing to boast about. However eating an entire meal from Hunam in one sitting is
— Blake Batson (@batsonblake) December 20, 2016