While we have every reason to go to college and get a degree, there is every reason to not go to college, reasons which are just as irrefutable. Controversial as it may sound but the truth is college is just not for everyone.
- For a lot of people, college is not a good investment.
The cost of college has risen tremendously in the last three decades and continues to rise still. The only way for any of us to realize a sufficient return on investment would be to pursue a technical degree, or study to be a lawyer or doctor. If you want to go to college, do it because you really love to not for the prospect of economic advancement.
- Not everyone is cut out for college.
If you look at the statistics, you will see that a little more than half of American college students drop out. College is extremely challenging and strenuous even for those who are driven. So imagine how it must be like for students who hate being there. Consider the cost of and expenses associated with going to college, make sure you have what it takes to be wholeheartedly committed.
- It is not a guarantee to getting a better job. It is not a guarantee to getting a job, period.
We have been taught that a college education will translate to a better job. It may. Then again, it may not. It is not a sure ticket. If you look at the real world, there are countless of graduates out there stuck working as a peon and mired in student debt.
Bottom line is, if you do not have the necessary skills for a type of work, you will not be considered for the job. Numerous college grads are unable to obtain or maintain employment.
- You can be educated without going to college.
We have everything we need within our grasp to educate ourselves. The resources we need are available in libraries and the internet. Quite a number of organizations are offering free courses you can take online; you only need to look them up.
Also, the things you learn in college do not prepare you for the real world. Money-generating practical skills are not learned in college.
- College will financially devastate you.
College is ridiculously expensive. And it is only getting more expensive. After college, you can look forward to years and years of paying off student loans.
- Plenty of well-paying jobs do not require a college degree.
The US Labor Department projected that 63% of all the new jobs that will be created until 2020 will not require a college degree.
Also, if you really want to make money, start a business. Starting a business does not necessitate a college education.
- Skipping college teaches you to be independent earlier on.
For most, college keeps them dependent on their parents far longer than they ought to. This is subjective. But just think of it this way, opting to not go to college means you can begin and carve out your independent path earlier on in life.