4.0 dropout’s ‘F-college’ shirt takes off as students receive midterm grades

Billy Willson, former freshman in architectural engineering, created this shirt after dropping out of college. Sales of the shirt shot up 4,000 percent in March after students failed their midterms. (Photo from Teespring.com)

A former Kansas State student is making money off students who received disappointing midterm grades.

Billy Willson, who dropped out of K-State in December 2016 after earning a 4.0 in his first-semester freshman architectural engineering classes, made headlines by creating a “F— College” shirt in protest of the American university system.

Over the past month, Willson’s online sales crashed his business’ website, www.ravewaveedm.com, as students failed mid-semester projects and exams. Sales of the shirt shot up 4,000 percent in March.

“I think the sales are evident of students realizing they’re getting poor grades in pointless classes that will in no way have any impact on their ability to do their job,” Willson said. “It’s time for a mass uprising of students to make universities understand that their costs are too damn high for a piece of paper that only guarantees another four more years of living in your parents’ basement working as a barista after graduation.”

The sales of the shirts and his business, Rave Wave, supplement Willson’s income from driving a forklift.

In the past week, many students attended class wearing the shirt. General education requirements were a frequent complaint among students wearing the shirt.

“The first letter implied by the shirt matches the grade in my class,” said Adam Hicks, freshman in chemical engineering. “Why am I paying a thousand dollars to take calculus from someone who can’t speak English and isn’t even a professor when I’m a chemical engineer, not a math major?”

“I swear I remember taking some form of history every year from kindergarten through high school,” said Hiss Tori, sophomore in business administration. “Why am I paying to take American history in college when I already learned the exact same stuff four years ago?”

“Expos is a joke,” said Lee Burté, freshman in political science. “It’s a diversity class disguised as a gen ed requirement. They ask for my personal experience with any -ism, and they fail my papers because I’m a white male from western Kansas who has limited personal experiences. I get better grades when I make up fake life events.”

“I know I skipped three weeks of classes before the midterm, but it was only a gen ed class,” said April Farmer, junior in agronomy. “It was music history. Why the hell do I have to take a music appreciation class when I have listened to and appreciated music on the radio from the cab of my tractor for 12 hours a day every summer for the last dozen years?”

This story is an April Fools’ joke and not intended to be taken seriously.

Jason Tidd graduated from Kansas State University's Miller School of Journalism and Mass Communication in May 2017. He was the spring 2017 editor-in-chief, fall 2016 news editor and spring 2016 assistant news editor. While at K-State, Jason played baritone in the Pride of Wildcat Land marching band.