Christie Chirinos

WordPress & WooCommerce Product Strategist
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Hi there! 👋 I’m the partnerships lead at, a marketplace for freelance WordPress developers. I’ve worked on some of your favorite WordPress products, like WooCommerce and Caldera Forms. I love cats, synthesizers and coffee.
 Maciek Palmowski  I absolutely agree with you. In the spirit of not being blind to the advantages one has in life, I benefitted from university to this degree because I had giant privileges, such as:

  • Access to higher education in a large, well-funded public university in the United States (geographic / economic privilege)
  • Attending a public high school with a surprisingly rigorous program (absolute, total, sheer luck) which allowed me entrance + scholarship at that university
  • Parents and educators who pushed me every day to look for opportunities beyond the classroom (AKA, social capital)
This one is a textbook example of "it depends" and I expect better from our industry's largest publication. 

Don't get me started on my student loans though 🤣
 Joe Howard  Thanks! I'll post some personal, and a lil bit scathing, notes only to the WPMRR Community (😜). Generally speaking, I thought the WP Tavern post was shockingly harmful. I imagined a young person looking for guidance reading that post, not knowing what they don't know, and making major life decisions. And I cringed.

College is never necessary in today's world, but it can be an asset. I know that for me, getting a graduate education opened doors that otherwise would have remained shut -- both in developing a network, as well as (and maybe more importantly) my sense of what I thought was possible. I went to college thinking that $300 was a lot of money. I left college with the Chief Economist of VISA Europe's phone number saved in my contacts.

Sorry I'm not sorry: I won't coddle someone exhibiting blindness to the advantages they've had in life. I would speculate that someone blessed with even a middle-class family wouldn't need college. Having access to the internet, a workspace, and even just a little bit of time to not be working a minimum-wage job, is huge.

When it comes to my children, I'm guessing college will become less and less relevant, because like you said, I can teach learning by doing, trying again, etc. But I'd encourage someone in the position I was in at 18 to fight tooth-and-nail to secure and maintain funding to attend college. I would probably have different thoughts for Moe :) 

It was also, in my most honest opinion, an embarrassing public display of ignorance and lack of grit to say that college wouldn't help because the classes weren't worth it. I had pretty trash grades. What my college education gave me was tens of thousands of dollars of grant money to experiment (and fail) with entrepreneurship, access to travel, access to closed-off societies and networks, unlimited office hours with "Entrepreneurs In Residence", etc. Granted, I attended Florida State University, which is now home to the USA's first stand-alone college of entrepreneurship (it wasn't when I attended, which I'm a little bit salty about, but clearly from the experience I'm describing, all the foundations were already there). As with all things, YMMV.
Thank you for the shout-out, Joe!
Part of working with WooCommerce is being obsessed with what Shopify is doing. Hands down, it's the truth, sorry not sorry! In the last ~1 year, what we saw was Shopify tackling one of the selling points we used against them which was "you are never going to pay the price you see, after the apps you need you'll be spending several hundred dollars a month." Now Shopify apps are pretty cheap all things considered. It makes sense that the next logical place to go is to make the marketplace bigger. My eyes are on this one!