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Elon Musk uses hilariously epic meme to display what he learned in college

The billionaire shared a funny representation of what college teaches a person and many people agree with it.

Elon Musk uses hilariously epic meme to display what he learned in college
Cover Image Source: Elon Musk attends 'Exploring the New Frontiers of Innovation: Mark Read in Conversation with Elon Musk' session during the Cannes Lions International Festival Of Creativity 2024 on June 19, 2024. (Marc Piasecki/Getty Images)

For many, college comes with a mountain load of education loans and a repeat of textbooks containing information that rarely comes in handy for modern-day problems. Billionaire Elon Musk, @elonmusk on X, shared a hilarious representation of how most people perceive college. He posted a meme to represent what he actually learned in college and it is just epic. 

Representative Image Source: Pexels | Helena Lopes
Representative Image Source: Pexels | Helena Lopes

The meme that he shared had the photo of a plane that was about to take off with a text overlay, "Going to college." The next image had the photo of a plane that had taken off and read, "Graduating from college." The third photo had a group of people standing on the stairs that led to a plane, but there was no plane in sight. "All the information you learned in college," it read. The meme conveyed that the information one learns at college doesn't necessarily promise them a good future. "At college, I learned super important knowledge, like uhh.…" Musk joked in the caption. The meme highlights the Tesla co-founder's belief that companies should hire based on an individual's abilities over the degree they have.


People had humorous reactions to the meme. @LadoBatnir felt, "You're a super genius though so of course you didn't learn anything you didn't already know or could think up... College has to be beneficial for something lol." @Beezo_13 pointed out, "It teaches you how to be woke and to turn your hairstyle into cartoon look."




However, learning is still necessary regardless of natural ability. Is three or four years of rigid education the only solution? "You can learn anything you want for free [today]," Elon Musk told The Guardian. He added, “I think college is basically for fun and to prove that you can do your chores, but they’re not for learning.” The entrepreneur even said, “I don’t consider going to college evidence of exceptional ability. In fact, it's ideal that you dropped out.” None of his companies, including Tesla, have university requirements because that's "absurd," as per Musk.

Musk opposes college because it focuses on “completing annoying homework assignments” and socializing, as per the outlet. He even gave examples of successful people who are college dropouts like Bill Gates (former CEO of Microsoft) and Steve Jobs (former CEO of Apple) to prove his point. The man himself has two bachelor's degrees and he dropped out from his PhD at Stanford after two days of joining. 


Nonetheless, the SpaceX founder has previously suggested that if a person is passionate about something, the internet can be a great resource. While most people poked fun at the topic, some also took the advice seriously. @MarauderMag wrote, "Everything is online these days. Lectures, entire course modules, and tutorials. A college degree is about as useful as a ripped dollar bill." @jona_sapparo remarked, "I'm afraid some people will get overexcited at the idea of dumping college but not putting in the work."


@lalamoch4 explained, "ChatGPT will answer all your questions and build your future dreams too. Seriously though, I do think college is a waste of time if you know what you want to do and invest in achieving it. Trade schools, creating your own small business, networking with like-minded and diving into experiences are far more beneficial and successful. I do agree certain professions need guided teaching and hands-on training. (Again, trade schools are straight to the point) other master professions like brain/ heart surgeons, etc, maybe a good reason to attend college. However, almost everything else can be learned and taught online and by experience."  


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