Trapped -- 3rd year ME student & not enjoying school... I am stuck in a rather angering situation and need some advice. I am a 3rd year mechanical engineering student at an ivy league school, my grades are well above average but i have no interest in the classes. What helps a bit is i skip the majority of class and just come to the exams after studying from the text book, but this isnt enough. The way the entire education system is put together is too frustrating, the majority of my classes teach either how to solve isolated formulas and situations or obscure pieces of information that most people just forget the moment the semester ends. The professors dont seem to give any regards to why we use these formulas or where they are from we are just expected to accept them for what they are. There is no understanding required to graduate, only the ability to regurgitate irrelevant and scattered chunks of physics. I am trapped because even though i study these subjects on my own to much success and enjoyment, the time spent at university takes up too much of my time. i dont know why society puts so much emphasis on university being the paragon of learning when so little learning actually gets done. I cannot drop out because without the credibility of the degree it is unlikely my ideas will be taken seriously, but i cant shake the overwhelming feeling that i am wasting my time. I have started a start-up company to make enough money to leave but that will likely take a while. I am not sure what i should do in the mean time to stop this feeling.