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Friday, October 14, 2011

Should you go to college?

So College is what every parent wants for their child, but what matters the most is, is college what the child wants or needs? In the past I remember my parents telling me "You'd better go to college or you'll be digging ditches" and now those ditch diggers are laughing at us because they are making sixtyfive dollars an hour on average. In the past it used to be that when you got a four to six year college degree you were set for life, but we all know that is not true anymore. I remember reading in a article some time ago a quote from Karl Christopher, a placement councelor at the Columbia Area Career Center vocational program, where he was saying "A four-year degree in business? What does that get you? A shift supervisor at a store in the mall!". The reality is nobody is college bound, so I think it's not fair for High Schools to push everybody into these college for everyone ideal. What if you are a technical or a creative person, will going to college for computers for 4 years make sense? Sixty percent of what you learn in college is going to be forgotten by the time you graduate besides the fact that their curriculum is not current enough to match the changes in technology. A technical trade school would do that and they are only one to three years. Let me ask you this question, how many people do you know in college who go and have no idea what they wanna do? You know why they keep going to college? Because they have been going to school their whole life, that's what they know and that's what their parents expect of them. Now these people are just wasting time and money, rememeber the average student loan is about $23.000 by the time you graduate. Now that is a lot of money! Why wouldn't parents who may have saved a college fund for their kids take that money, give that money to a kid who is entrepreneurial and let him start their own business or use part of that money to pay a technical school meawhile throwing the bases of their own business? See, we are in this mindset that college means success and with today's economy it is just not the case anymore. Personally I would much rather have money now and find my way to invest them rather than spend those money in hopes to make more money later in the future, a college degree doesn't guaratee you anything! Now, I'm not saying they are not useful, if you wanna be a doctor, a lawyer or a teacher than you absolutely need to get a degree as you may very well be aware of. The vast majority of jobs out there do not require a degree and if you are going to college just so you can say that I graduated from this college of that college than you are really making yourself an injustice. I'm not against intellectualism and I'm not here to say that colleges are just a waist of money, I'm just saying that the whole notion of a four-year college degree is just not practical for anyone. Remember that Mark Zuckerberg never graduated college, and Sean Parker never even went to college proving that succes and education are not necessarily linked.

23 comments:

Andy said...

Well not all of us are Bill Gates of Mark Zuckerberg.

Leagueman said...

for some cases i would agree that college and salary are not necessarily linked, but for the most part a college education is going to benefit you immensely.

Wesley said...

Well I would agree with you 10 years ago, but now it's pretty necessary to have a college degree. Back then if you had one it was a plus.

J8888 said...

Bro, dont go to college, you'll regret it i swear.

Deso said...

I think nowadays it's necessary, even if it's just for show.

Anonymous said...

Hmmm true Mark Zuckerberg didn't graduate but he had a one in a billion idea... well at least it brought him billion dollars.... In my opinion college degree is a must! But that's just me...

Gibbo said...

I decided to go after a year of full time working. An education with other students is so much more valuable and enjoyable.

Sapientia said...

I really enjoyed this post. Going to University in the pursuit of knowledge is outdated. With today's technology, you can learn anything you'd like to using the internet.
In my opinion, the best pursuit for any young person considering college these days is Entrepreneurialism and merging with the work force for the support if the need be.

MUFCfollowers said...

I have to say that educating yourself early in life is really important, whether it be about micro-biology or just simple life skills. Education is the way to equip yourself with the tools that will help you succeed in life. Personal development should always be on the agenda.

Matt Blogger said...

yea, there is what you learn in 'class' and what you learn in 'school', thats where life skills come from

Anonymous said...

i think the worst bit is the fact that everything you learn will be outdated when you finish the course

The Sorrow said...

To much expansive man

Yono said...

Thing is, if you're NOT such an entrepreneur you're screwed, because in a lot of countries you can't do anything without a degree

Daniel Alejandro said...

college its great :D

DJNOVVY said...

college nice :P

Jackson.k said...

I think that if you have the money and the effort, go to college. No loans, no financial aide. Those are the two things that seem to screw people up. I think that now employers are simply looking for the fact that you have a degree in whatever you're going to be. Not that you know how to do what you learned, but just that you have gone through and proved yourself to professionals. Then again, joining scouts and becoming an eagle scout is often viewed as a full on college degree in responsibility and leadership. So, it's really up to you!

AgusFan said...

This is great! good post =)

Pieter said...

Too late, I'm already in college!

Rubes27 said...

I'm in college now and I can tell you being here alone is opening a lot of doors for me

To Tipota said...

Nowadays you have to have a master's as well to get into industry. I wouldn't mind having an academic career though, doing research for my academic institution. Post doct student for life and stuff.

Hannah :) said...

Wow, this sure did open my eyes a bit to alternatives in life. College always seemed like a "must" in my life but things have changed....

Anonymous said...

Honestly, I think everyone in the USA knows the importance of a college education. I dont think its a waste of time

anon mouse said...

The country that the college is in affects it too I think. I think education is important, nice post

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