You wish for a degree, thinking that it will get you tons of money and a good job. “Here,” someone whispers, “but there’s a catch.” And before you know it, you’re drowning in student loans and trying to keep your head up. Did the degree at least give you what you wanted? Well, you got the college experience. You made friends, had fun. You learned a few things here and there. But that high-paying job you wanted? It’s nowhere to be seen.
So what went wrong?
The reality is that college teaches you a lot of things that won’t help you get to where you want to go. Save yourself the money and don’t go!
1. It’s Expensive
Colleges that cost $80,000 a year? Unless I can get a scholarship that pays for at least $75,000 of it, count me out! I could just take that money and invest it or start a business. Or put a down payment on a house. And if I really need to learn it, I can just buy the course textbook and learn it myself!
2. You Don’t Need it To Be Successful
At one point, getting a college degree was all you needed to get good job. But, the world is changing and it has been for a while now. Current technology has made it much easier for people to be successful. And guess what? They don’t need a college degree.
Think of people like Bill Gates, who founded Microsoft, or Mark Zuckerburg, who founded Facebook. They’ve made millions. I’m sure that some of you may be thinking that you may not have what it takes to make that kind of money. But if you won’t believe in yourself, I’ll do it for you. You don’t need to be a genius to make money. You just have to be wise enough to know how to keep it.
Just think of the people from Instagram, Youtube, and other social media platforms that make millions. Technology has brought down “you need to be born into money and go to college to be rich” idea. A lot of those people that are famous on Youtube didn’t get a degree. Instead, they chose to pursue their careers.
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3. You May Not Retain Any of It
Let’s be real, you’re going to forget 99.99% of everything that you learn in college. Most likely, you’re going to end up Googling what you don’t know. Therefore, you might as well save yourself the college money.
4. It Can Be Stressful
Finals. They’re the dreaded word of every college student. Is the stress really worth it?
5. You Can Find a Lot of the Information for Free
Maybe once upon a time college was the only way to get quality information, but this is no longer the case. We’ve got things like mass-produced books, online courses, the Internet, and search engines. Why spend the money towards the classes when you can find a lot of information for free?
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6. You Could Have Been Working
Going to college means sacrificing at least four years of quality work experience. You could have been working on your business or working on finding the cure to cancer. Think about it.
7. You Won’t Need a Lot of It
Unfortunately, a lot of the curriculum is useless in the real world. Why take classes that you won’t need when you can be selective and only take useful courses on your own?
The truth is that you don’t need a college degree to be great. Degrees are for other people. You use it when you have an interview for a job to show someone you’re smart. Furthermore, it screams that you’re educated and that you “know things”. Welcome to the status quo. People who don’t have a degree tend to be looked down upon unless they achieve extreme success. In which case, they’re worshiped.
It’s ironic at times. A lot of college-educated people look down “uneducated” people. But the reality is that some of those “uneducated” people make money that “educated” people can only dream of.
There are lots of places that will give you valuable information if you look for it. And most of this information doesn’t come from the traditional classroom environment. You can learn from other sources, like books, videos, internships, and more. But you have to have the will to learn and the desire to apply your new-found knowledge. People who are driven, who love to learn, and who are passionate about what they do, will get farther in life.