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College: Thinking outside the box
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Yesterday I was talking to some friends who I hadn't seen in a while. People I knew from college. Someone brought up how many people (who seem really intelligent and motivated) just drop out of school without a reason, and pursue other things more successfully. Given the facts, maybe college isn't the preferred form of study for some people.

I also had an experience with a spoiled, elitist roommate who believed anyone who wasn't in college was "a completely worthless human being." Keep in mind, his parents are paying every cent of his bills and schooling.

I believe while college is a great thing to give a try and do your best at, many people excel in fields not taught in college. Given that it's a bit more challenging for most people to find careers without expensive schooling first, college isn't always necessary for every passion as well.

What do you say
- is going to college the only thing that defines your future, or is it just not for everybody?

And for those in college: Do you often think you'd be better off learning your field or true passion in a different way? Are you in college just because of family pressure?
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I think college can pigeon hole people. If you are not enjoying it then you will not do well in it.
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CptJackSwallows wrote:

I think college can pigeon hole people. If you are not enjoying it then you will not do well in it.


QFT

Besides, there are a lot of successful people, billionaires even, who didn't make it to universities.
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Bill Gates. nuff sed!
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all i know is i would be disowned if i drop out of college.
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mcvf wrote:

all i know is i would be disowned if i drop out of college.

That's a good point too... some of us are in college JUST for our parents.

Not for ourselves.
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don't need to think about that yet

I still have 2 years to go xD
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I stayed at college to do a catering/butchery/confection course and afterwards public services for two years.

I was kidding myself about public services because I wanted a physical job, I soon came to realise that police spend more time logging incidents than being on the beat and that I disagree with many laws, I'd hate what I enforce.

So now I'm a full time baker at Sainsburys and happy about it, good colleagues and hours with alot of pain and physical activity.
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Adramlech wrote:

I stayed at college to do a catering/butchery/confection course and afterwards public services for two years.

I was kidding myself about public services because I wanted a physical job, I soon came to realise that police spend more time logging incidents than being on the beat and that I disagree with many laws, I'd hate what I enforce.

So now I'm a full time baker at Sainsburys and happy about it, good colleagues and hours with alot of pain and physical activity.


I worked with some bakers at my most recent job. They REALLY had fun doing it their whole lives. No college needed, and they made tons of money.

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college isn't for everybody and it's a form to rip people off. i'm in college and i can't really say that i enjoy it or am motivated. i can't say i'm really happy about it either. there are courses that people are taking that aren't really needed in their major and, yet, they still have to take it. i guess i'm just in college for my parents' sake and i'm trying not to embarrass them. pressure from family members to have a successful future makes thing difficult sometimes.
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Bill Gates is one of those people
then again he's too good for colleges
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depends on what kind of job you want, i wouldnt trust an uneducated person to design my home or make my car. But if you want to pursue in a career like plumbing for instance, then all you need is a liscence on plumbing (I forgot what kind of education that was)
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Depends on the person what they like to do and what type of education it takes for their career. I for one am lost and I will go to college to get a good paying job. And if something interests me I will see the options of success if they are slim I will stick to a miserable career. But then there's others who don't really want much out of life and are content with a High School diploma or a GED.

Living comfortably while miserable with my job is what I'm planning for now.
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Posted 2/22/09

LemonyPanda wrote:

depends on what kind of job you want, i wouldnt trust an uneducated person to design my home or make my car. But if you want to pursue in a career like plumbing for instance, then all you need is a liscence on plumbing (I forgot what kind of education that was)


I think what I was supposed to say,
was that there are some people that are at the top of their field without schooling. Like Bill Gates.

You can truly have a raw talent for something productive, without schooling, and still do much better than the average person who took classes in the subject.
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Of course. One of my favorite high school teachers used to say that college isn't for everyone but everyone should at least earn a high school diploma.

Life would be boring if everyone followed the same path.
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