Once upon a time, you had to toss on a bathrobe and wander down to your mailbox to find out if you'd been accepted or rejected from your choice college, but on Tuesday night's "Awkward" episode, Jenna Hamilton got the bad news with a tap of her smartphone.
She didn't get into Southern Coast University.
Understandably, she was devastated. After a rough junior year, Jenna redeemed herself with a killer admissions interview and, naturally, she got her hopes up. But rather than wallow after everything came crashing down, the aspiring writer resolved to keep her chin up and continue to push forward. And why not!
Turns out, some of the world's most famous ink slingers aren't college graduates. So whether Jenna ultimately decides to pursue schooling outside of SCU or doesn't choose to go the higher ed route at all, here are seven authors who prove she's got nothing to worry about as long as she keeps working hard:
Yup, the 1949 winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature wanted a spot in the Air Force but was too short, according to Paste. And before publishing his first book of poetry at age 27, he was a postmaster. Don't see Beta Theta Pi President on his resume!
She knew why the caged bird sings, but she never knew the wonders of an all-inclusive plan at the dining hall. Angelou was a cook and nightclub performer while struggling to make ends meet, and even though she never had a professor, she ultimately became one at Wake Forest University after publishing works of incomparable poetry.
Capote knew as a young child that he wanted to be a writer, and upon graduating high school, he was immediately hired by the uber-prestigious New Yorker. For all you know, J-Town, a seat at an equally distinguished publication might only be a few short months away!
One of the nation's most famous sci-fi writers, Bradbury never considered a university education. In fact, he completely rebuffed the idea and once told The New York Times, "I don’t believe in colleges and universities. I believe in libraries, because most students don’t have any money." PREACH.
Money proved to be a problem for Austen, too, and though she was originally a boarding school student, her education came to a standstill when her parents could no longer afford to keep her in the classroom. And still, she wrote "Pride and Prejudice," "Mansfield Park" and "Sense and Sensibility."
The steamboat operator was forced to drop out of school at a very young age to support himself after the death of his father. Still, he contributed to local newspapers when he could, and upon moving to New York City at age 18, taught himself the fundamentals of literature in libraries. Didn't do sit-ins in the student center, did write "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer."
Dickens was dirt poor and had to supplement his family's income with a factory job as early as childhood. Instead of allowing the experience to kill his dreams, he used it to inspire books including "Great Expectations" and "A Tale of Two Cities." Dean's List? Who needs it...