Meet the Student: Jared McCune - "Follow Your Dreams and Passion. Not the Norm."
I grew up in a family of medical professionals, my parents, aunts and uncles. All except for my grandfather.
My grandfather and I would build something every time we were together.
Unfortunately, I lost him when I was 10 years old.
He taught me the value of working with my hands and taking pride in what I create.
What's your story?
Being surrounded by parents in the medical industry they would always make it very clear that to be successful, I needed to go to a 4 year college.
Growing up, my parents and I knew how much I loved building and using my imagination to create.
Going through high school I was always a great student taking as many AP classes as I could, but I would always take woodshop as my elective.
At that time, I was so embarrassed to take woodshop.
It was looked down upon at my school, only the weirdos and “hicks” took it, but it was my passion.
After high school I was accepted into Penn State engineering school.
I was on top of the world, I was going to get my engineering degree, become successful and make my parents proud...
It wasn’t until a year I knew there was more to life than sitting behind a desk working my 9 to 5 doing CAD drawings.
I dropped out of engineering school after discovering Penn college.
It's been the greatest decision I've ever made.
Instead of going to class and integrating trigonometric functions, I frame walls and roofs. I do what I love. Every. Single. Day.
I’m surrounded by people who are just as passionate about working with their hands as much as I am.
My parents were skeptical about deciding to go to trade school, but man are they proud now.
I have expanded my skills past woodworking into new construction and remodeling.
I can now take them into the real world and create amazing spaces, all while making good money.
To me it’s not even work, it’s what I love.
I hope to encourage other people to break away from the norm, to work with their hands, and follow what their heart says.
"Don’t be discouraged if what you want isn’t what the majority is doing. If it's your passion, take it. And run like I did."
Where can people connect with you?
Jared McCune // 21, Carpentry Student at Penn College
Hammr Profile hammr.com/jared