Don’t get me wrong, I had some of the best times of my life in college. If I could go back in time I wouldn’t have chosen not to go to college.
But, it seems, all I have to show for those 4 years are an embarrassingly long list of bad decisions, a load of debt, a damaged liver, and no job. So, it makes me wonder, is it really necessary to go to college?
All of our lives we are told go to college. If you go to college you will get a good job. Even if you have to take out loans, it will be worth it in the end. A degree has always been considered the key to a good job.
However, due to rising tuition costs, increased student debt, high unemployment rate, and shrinking educational gain this notion leaves us with a false sense of security. Realistically, how good of an investment, both financially and intellectually, is college?
Whoever says college makes you more intelligent has clearly never been, or they’re living under a rock. And, you certainly don’t need it to successfully start and grow your own business. ESPECIALLY in this era of technology.
All the tools needed to be a successful entrepreneur are readily available through the web.
Yes, fifty years ago the knowledge you needed to be a productive member of society was best learned in school. Today, you can learn anything you want on your own through reading (and I don’t mean textbooks), discussions, or online.
I am now convinced that you can become a master at almost any subject through the web. It is an ever growing, infinite source of information.
People have grown weary of big corporations ruling everything.
We are in the age of the entrepreneur. The innovator. A college degree isn’t a prerequisite for implementing a vision. To survive these changing times you have to be agile and adaptable which can’t be learned in a classroom.
Some might even argue that college is a hindrance to the creative process. You sit in a boring lecture, study from textbooks containing outdated information, take an exam, and probably retain none of the information. This mind-numbing routine is then repeated for the next four or more years.
How could this possibly cultivate creativity? How are you able to discover what you are truly passionate about? An equally important question is…
How does this prepare us for the real world?
Overall, the general consensus seems to be that college is worth it. IF you’re lucky enough to find a job, you WILL have a higher salary than someone without a college degree.
With that said, the education system is still very flawed. College can give the promise that it will get you a boring 9-5 job. But who wants to be a slave to such a monotonous schedule when you have the opportunity to create something truly amazing?