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Posted 5/12/14
Are you worth going to college?
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Posted 5/12/14 , edited 5/12/14

DuppyConqueror wrote:

i cant get financial aid for summer classes since i took fall and spring classes.

if education is the key then why do they make it so expensive for we!

i did pass my math exam today and i found out i passed microeconomics so im chillen drinkin some White Russians smokin some herbs takin it easy. trying to figure out what i want to do haha

i am pretty upset that i cant get financial aid for summer classes though.



College isn't a charity. Is it ridiculously over-priced? Yes, absolutely. That will change though in time as many people are recognizing that college isn't as good of an ROI as it once was.

As far as whether it's worth it - yes for some things as many have stated. For degrees like Math, Business, and Engineering you can still get jobs post-graduation without further education. For liberal arts degrees that really don't give you a valuable skill in the work force across the board, it may not be a very good idea. I always find it entertaining that there are so many liberal arts majors that go and get a degree and then complain as to why they're unable to get a job.

On top of that, college is a big playground that often-times doesn't prepare you for the real world now where as previously it gave you a bit more of a head start. My first 3 weeks in the work force I realized how truly little I knew.

Lastly, there are a lot of people that have zero business being in college and should truly just go get a technical skill/trade skill that they can leverage into a career.
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Posted 5/12/14
Just finished another term, but i'm so behind in hours, i got along way to go.
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Posted 5/13/14 , edited 5/13/14
I've heard it said that college is a means to an end, not an end of itself. Know what you want to do first, and if college is required, then go to college.

But really, how many 18yo know what they want to do for the rest of their lives? I found high school to be pretty useless in helping me figure that out.
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Posted 5/14/14
I loved college and I want to go back! Haha. But I always loved studying and learning things and discussing them. College was the first place I went to besides my own home where that was a good thing. I always felt in public school that being smart and curious was a curse. College was so much better. I think if you are lost and don't know what you want to do, college is good because it gives you the opportunity to try out all sorts of ideas. I think if you have a clear idea of what you want then maybe it will help you, and maybe it won't. A gap year is a good thing too. A lot of colleges will allow you to defer enrollment for a year to take one.
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Posted 5/15/14

med1emergency wrote:

I've heard it said that college is a means to an end, not an end of itself. Know what you want to do first, and if college is required, then go to college.

But really, how many 18yo know what they want to do for the rest of their lives? I found high school to be pretty useless in helping me figure that out.

All of this is accurate. Especially the last part. A lot of people have difficulty figuring out what they want to do by 18. It's hard. But, know that if you aren't interested in something which actively requires a lot of education (engineering, teaching, hard sciences, law, medicine, etc), college may not be worthwhile.

Part of the other problem we see is our society puts a stigma on those who do not attend college. Those who work hard for a living who went to trade school or no college are sometimes looked down upon. It's wrong. That's why I love what Mike Rowe has been doing trying to encourage people who can to do skilled labor jobs & providing them the tools to find them. Example: http://profoundlydisconnected.com/
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Posted 5/15/14
I actually miss going to college then I don't miss it once I enter math class.
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Posted 5/15/14
Steve Jobs and Bill Gates never completed college when they made their companies. Gates dropped out of Harvard to start Microsoft. Look at people who have also made successful apps. So while a college degree is not needed to get a job at times I still believe in going to college. A bachelors nowadays is more to get your foot in the door for an interview for a job that probably has you doing something that you have never done in school. What a degree shows though is that when you are committed to a task that you finish it and with the programs involved show you are well rounded. Certifications show that you are specialized/experienced in a certain task/field. It's expensive no doubt but what you can possibly gain I believe are worth the cost once you get it done at get a job. On that note also it depends entirely on what you want to do with your life. As a student getting into IT I will never be done with education, after the degree comes the certs and even though certs need to be retaken and new technology is always coming out but it's the field I want to get into and most jobs in this field require a degree.
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