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I’m 18 and have been out of high school for less than a year.
I work at a job I love and am moving up next week and I have an opportunity to move up again eventually(couple months).
My issue with college is that I don’t want to go. I know that sounds lazy but I don’t say that with a lazy intent. I feel like I’m wasting my time considering I have no clue what I want to do with my life, and my college savings are going to be eaten up if I take summer courses and then I’ll be getting into debt with student loans and such,
I’m wondering if it’s worth it. I’ve read many times that even if I got an amazing degree there are 200 other people applying for the same job. And most people don’t even use the degree they got; a good example would my mother, she has a teaching degree and works as a retail manager because she makes more money doing that than teaching..
and to be clear I’m basically being forced to go, my mom/step dad say I can’t live in their house if I’m not going to school. So it’s either rush into school blind or be homeless.
The statement above pretty much answered my “should I go?” situation..

So I don’t even know my question anymore, I guess I just needed to vent, but I suppose I could still ask:
Should I wait to go to college until I know what I want or should I just jump in and take whatever classes the counselor says I should(thats exactly what I did this semester because I could really careless of what I take)?
and opinions on my situation would be nice. I just want to know if I’m overreacting or if my feelings are meaningful.
The answers I’ve received so far are great,
but I guess I wasn’t very clear, I’m pretty tired lol –
I want to go to college at some point in my life, I’m wondering if waiting is better than just jumping in.
and when I say waiting I mean just taking a couple years to figure out what interests me.

5 Thoughts on should I be going to college?
  1. Reply
    Holly
    November 29, 2011 at 6:24 pm

    Hey!

    So as a College student, I want to give you some advice. College is NOT for everyone. I know plenty of people who have not gone to College and are very successful in life. College is to filter those out who “CAN” and “CAN NOT”. I don’t think you should feel guilty if you don’t go.I think you should do what makes you happy. Personally, for me, I love school and learning. I can’t wait to graduate! I’m not sure on the statistics but I’ve heard people with Degrees can make more money then some without. Like I said, I’m not sure if it’s all true because there are some who make BANK and never earned a degree. If you’re happy with your position in life, then stay there. 🙂

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    larsbullock
    November 29, 2011 at 7:15 pm

    College degrees aren’t worth as much as they used to be these days. If you don’t want to go, don’t. There are lots of successful people who hadn’t gone to college. Job skills are in demand these days. Look into technical or vocational training. If you really don’t have any idea what you want to do, you might opt to go to your local Junior College and take core electives for a semester or two while you try to figure things out.

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    Ammy Simpson
    November 29, 2011 at 7:59 pm

    yes definitely

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    bryan
    November 29, 2011 at 8:53 pm

    Go. Always choose to get a college degree. Even if you don’t work in a field that specifically utilizes your degree, just having one will open countless doors that would otherwise be closed. Earning a bachelor’s degree will place you among the top 2-3% of the most educated people in the world. It may seem like everyone has a degree and that it’s somewhat meaningless, but that is not the case. An embarrassingly large percentage of the United States doesn’t even have a high school diploma. Earning a college degree will place you in a substantially higher echelon when it comes to finding jobs, whether you realize it or not.

    As for college loans, yes, you will likely leave college with some debt. However, this can be minimized to a certain extent. Look online for scholarship websites. Hundreds of thousands of dollars in scholarship money goes unclaimed every year simply because nobody applies for it. Even if a scholarship is for only $ 500, get eight of those and that’s $ 4000 plus interest you don’t have to give back to the government. Even if you do have loan debt, people with college degrees make, on average, at least $ 20,000 more per year than someone without a degree, oftentimes much, much more. If you choose not to get a degree, you may end up with a job you enjoy, but you can only progress so far before you’re thwarted by your lack of education. Everyone who tells you what to do is going to have a degree of some kind.

    I don’t mean to disregard your feelings on the matter, and many, many people live happy and successful lives without college degrees. But I see no reason to close the door on all the opportunities available to you if you get a degree.

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    Randy
    November 29, 2011 at 9:18 pm

    Most people enroll in college so that they can find a decent job. Now that you have found the one you think it’s for you, there’s no need to quit that job and enroll in college instead. I think that’s a backward move that you’ll be doing.

    If your job will require you to have a degree for further promotions, then that’s the time to get one. In such case, there are lots of routes available for working students. You can enroll and study on-line, or home study program or evening classes programs. Even top-rated universities will accommodate you because almost all of them have what they call, Adult learning program or continuing Study program.

    But like I said, unless your company will demand that from you, I suggest you continue your work, perform as best as you can so you will get promoted and become a staff model or the like, and eventually get promoted until you’ll reach the highest possible position that you can get at that company. Should you transfer work, your work experience, wit company certification, will make you a sought-after and marketable applicant.

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