Jobs quickly became bored with college. He liked being at Reed, just not taking the required classes.
In fact he was surprised when he found out that, for all of its hippie aura, there were strict course requirements.
When Wozniak came to visit, Jobs waved his schedule at him and complained,
"They are making me take all these courses." Woz replied, "Yes, that's what they do in college."
Jobs refused to go to the classes he was assigned and instead went to the ones he wanted,
such as a dance class where he could enjoy both the creativity and the chance to meet girls.
"I would never have refused to take the courses you were supposed to, that's a difference in our personality," Wozniak marveled.
Jobs also began to feel guilty, he later said, about spending so much of his parents' money on an education that did not seem worthwhile.
"All of my working-class parents' savings were being spent on my college tuition," he recounted in a famous commencement address at Stanford.
"I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life and no idea how college was going to help me figure it out.
And here I was spending all of the money my parents had saved their entire life.
So I decided to drop out and trust that it would all work out okay."
He didn't actually want to leave Reed; he just wanted to quit paying tuition and taking classes that didn't interest him.
Remarkably, Reed tolerated that. "He had a very inquiring mind that was enormously attractive," said the dean of students, Jack Dudman.
"He refused to accept automatically received truths, and he wanted to examine everything himself."
Dudman allowed Jobs to audit classes and stay with friends in the dorms even after he stopped paying tuition.
"The minute I dropped out I could stop taking the required classes that didn't interest me, and begin dropping in on the ones that looked interesting," he said.
Among them was a calligraphy class that appealed to him after he saw posters on campus that were beautifully drawn.
"I learned about serif and sans serif typefaces, about varying the amount of space between different letter combinations, about what makes great typography great.
It was beautiful, historical, artistically subtle in a way that science can't capture, and I found it fascinating."
It was yet another example of Jobs consciously positioning himself at the intersection of the arts and technology.