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So i'm a recent college defector, and for the time being i'm at an impasse on deciding to go back, but my reasons for stopping (or is quitting the better word?) seemed to revolve on some level with my disgust at the institution and its bureaucracy.
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Wow, I thought the UC had a good system....guess not
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what's wrong with it?
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If you need to go to college to do what you want to do for a living, then go. If you don't need to, then I would say, don't go.
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I have never been a fan of the traditional college model. The first two years are wasted relearning things you have already learned in high school not to mention the fact that these very same courses are not taught in way in which one can derive some use in their chosen major. I fell the entire system needs to be revamped from the ground up. I went to a non traditional school and I found their approach very refreshing. All of my "core classes" were taught in a way as to provide actual perspective on their use in my chosen major. Having a degree does not guarantee a job out the gate as there are plenty of graduates out there flooding the market. Don't be surprised if you end up in fast food or retail just to make ends meet while you search for a job in your actual chosen field.
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Look into "skilled trades" some HVAC techs, automotive technicians and other jobs do not require a degree and can make 6 figures.
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You can become the Governor of Wisconsin without a college degree and the Koch brothers money.
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It's important to just go. You can sit and ponder whether college pays off or not, but that's not the whole point. There are many people in this world who would jump at the first opportunity for a higher education or any education at all. There are a lot of them who are much less fortunate and don't have these decisions to make. Your parents and grandparents and their parents and so on all worked hard to provide a better future for their children. Many might've been immigrants who couldn't even dream of going to college and their lives are over now, sacrificed for you. You should be embracing the ability to pursue a higher education which will open more doors and further enable you to achieve your dreams. Quitting because of your "disgust at the institution and its bureaucracy." is such a spoiled, first world problem answer. We should avoid forgetting the big picture; that we are privileged to have such options. At the very least, go to a community college. I'm finishing my fourth year and I feel blessed to be able to pursue whatever dream I have, whether I end up successful or not. Hope this helps.
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KusanagiSlayer wrote:

So i'm a recent college defector, and for the time being i'm at an impasse on deciding to go back, but my reasons for stopping (or is quitting the better word?) seemed to revolve on some level with my disgust at the institution and its bureaucracy.


Perhaps you could expand on your reasoning. Walk us through the factors that led to your decision. Give examples. Explain why each in sum led to your decision decision and tie it all back into your thesis.

In short, write us an essay. Otherwise you just sound like some spoiled kid that probably failed a couple of core classes. Are you more than that? I challenge you to prove it.
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So i'm a recent college defector, and for the time being i'm at an impasse on deciding to go back, but my reasons for stopping (or is quitting the better word?) seemed to revolve on some level with my disgust at the institution and its bureaucracy.


You're gonna have a lot more problems with no degree than with one and some debt
Posted 5/25/15
Indeed college isn't for everyone, and I admit the education system in America is a bit (ok, VERY) broken, but I wouldn't brush off college entirely so easily. Figuring out your course of action can be as challenging as some of the college courses themselves, but in the world we live in, it would be wise to at least earn your Associate's Degree. That's what community colleges are for! Cheap, Applied Science Associate Degrees.
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KusanagiSlayer wrote:

So i'm a recent college defector, and for the time being i'm at an impasse on deciding to go back, but my reasons for stopping (or is quitting the better word?) seemed to revolve on some level with my disgust at the institution and its bureaucracy.


A "bubble economy" isn't something where the price just goes up--
It's something where the price goes up because the investors in it want to see the price go up, because their greed-fueled delusion think it's never, ever going to come down--Until it does, because of real-world reasons everyone else had been reminding them all along.

Which could arguably apply to college--if we had time and experts to discuss it in a more detailed discussion that wasn't started by a disgruntled dropout--but not as much as would apply to wheat and stock in the 20's, real estate in the 90's, gas in the 00's, or digital movies in the 10's.
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For me an education should be for free so everyone has an equal opportunity to contribute something to the society they live in. But that wouldn't serve the interests of the greedy who need ignorant and ultimately oppressed slaves to work on there factory lines and consume their products at the same time. Why do people consider education a commodity when really it should be a human right.
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I don't know how it is with higher education requirements in the US, but where I'm from, having a degree is pretty much required for any higher paid job(reason mostly being that there are so many applications for each job now that one without a degree gets dropped pretty fast).
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Yeah it probably is but its won we have to live with. Try trade school.
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