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Posted 6/13/15
In my opinion, it is worth it as long as you have the right goals and expectations when coming into college. Do not expect college to guarantee you a successful career or high-paying job. College doesn't guarantee you anything these days. College only improves your chances of having a successful career, but it is not necessary to have a college degree to have a successful career. However, in order to enter many jobs these days, you must have a college degree. For example, you need a college degree to become a lawyer, doctor, teacher, engineer, psychologist, professor, some sort of scientist and etc. Having a college degree is literally the only way you can have certain jobs. So if you want to have certain jobs, you must have a college degree.

I say if you can afford college without going deeply into student loan debt, by all means go to college. If you can afford college with minimum or no student loan debt, then college is definitely worth it. But if you need to burrow an exorbitant amount of money to attend college, then it is likely not worth it. Do not burrow 100,000 dollars for a psychology degree. While psychology is a useful and interesting subject, it is certainly not worth 100,000 dollars. Maybe 40,000 dollars max for a psych degree is what you should burrow. The only thing worth burrowing over 100,000 dollars for is a medical degree in order to become a doctor because doctors are paid a lot of money. You will be paid enough money as a doctor to easily pay back your student loan debt.

Don't listen to the people calling college a scam. It is not a scam. But it is only worth it you can afford college with little to no student loan debt AND you are trying to enter a career that actually requires a college degree (i.e. becoming a lawyer, teacher, doctor, engineer and psychologist). The people saying college is a scam are people who have unrealistic expectations of college. These people expect college to guarantee them a successful career, and they also burrowed an exorbitant amount of student loan debt to fund their college education. And then once they finish college, they realize that they are drowning in student loan debt, AND they can't find a good job. These people have to pay off a huge amount of student loan debt with a crappy minimum wage job. In that case, I can understand why they think college is a scam, even though I don't personally think college is a scam.

Since my dad makes a considerable amount of money, I can afford going to college without burrowing ANY student loan debt. Therefore, I think college is worth it to me. Even if my college degree is absolutely worthless in terms of improving my career prospects, I wouldn't care because I will not be graduating college with a mountain of student loan debt.

There is also a common misconception that majoring in the liberal arts is more useless than majoring in a STEM major (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). That's simply not true. Your employment opportunities are just as good (or bad) if you major in the liberal arts compared to majoring in a STEM major.

I major in Psychology, by the way. Don't troll me by saying it is a useless major because I wouldn't want to be your friend if you say it is useless. Psychology is one of the best majors in my opinion. It isn't nearly as worthless as some hyphenated studies like Women's Studies or Religious Studies. While I respect all majors, I do believe certain majors aren't as useful as some other majors.

Anyways that's my quick rant on college. I hope you enjoyed reading it.
Posted 6/13/15
Eh, well I have loans taken out. A lotta loans. And it's still worth it. To be honest, if you're around my age and not in college I usually will try and persuade you to to be, because you're making a major mistake, and you can't complain if you have to work at McDonalds for life if you choose not to go.

It's not as bad as people make it out be either.

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AiYumega wrote:

Eh, well I have loans taken out. A lotta loans. And it's still worth it. To be honest, if you're around my age and not in college I usually will try and persuade you to to be, because you're making a major mistake, and you can't complain if you have to work at McDonalds for life if you choose not to go.

It's not as bad as people make it out be either.



What are you majoring in?
Posted 6/13/15 , edited 6/13/15

DesuMaiden wrote:


AiYumega wrote:

Eh, well I have loans taken out. A lotta loans. And it's still worth it. To be honest, if you're around my age and not in college I usually will try and persuade you to to be, because you're making a major mistake, and you can't complain if you have to work at McDonalds for life if you choose not to go.

It's not as bad as people make it out be either.



What are you majoring in?


Communications.

Posted 6/13/15 , edited 6/13/15
I don't know...................... if you can show passion and skills in an interview for something like software development, the interviewer is more interested in you than the graduate

I've been through college, in the end it wasn't worth it. I couldn't get a job for what I was qualified for because I didn't have the work experience, now I have a job that I'm way overqualified for

Ah, life.

I guess it depends on the major.
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Posted 6/13/15 , edited 6/13/15
Being able to pay for college means nothing unless mommy/daddy plan on supporting you for the rest of your life. College is only worth it:

1) If you pick a major that pays $$$
2) Your major is in demand.
3) Finish a soon a possible (do not turn 4-years into 5 or more)

For the record I had $38k of student loan debt...still paying that crap off
I also make enough a year so its not even a blip on my radar.
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Posted 6/13/15
It's worth it as long as you can afford to pay for it all, go for it I hope it gives you a great career ^^
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Posted 6/13/15 , edited 6/13/15
IMO everyone should be in college. Nowadays a college degree is important if you want a good job (you can't be a lawyer or even a physics teacher because you don't have the degree, and even if they allowed you to work without one, you couldn't work because you wouldn't have qualifications enough, in school we only study the basic..)

But yeah, college really is expensive as hell in U.S, not everyone can afford to pay that (probably I would not be able to pay if I live there)
I guess I can't really tell if people should be or not in college, 'cause I dont need to pay, I study in a free university o/
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There's a lot to this question. There's so many different factors that go into this. I think the most important thing though is the drive. If you wanna go to school and get a college education then do it. I think in the long run education trumps loans and money. It all comes down if you want to do it or not. Don't let people and society pressure you into making a decision. If you wanna go to college then that's where you gotta figure out the how.

I also personally don't believe in going to school for the degree. Jobs come and go degree or no degree. Go for the learning and the betterment of your skill set.
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College is basically a requirement for any high paying white collar job. If you don't have the desire for college though good money can be made in the trades its back breaking work though.
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Posted 6/13/15 , edited 6/13/15
It depends on your major. Also, if you have to pay more than $50,000 for a 4-year degree, you're doing it wrong. You don;t have to go to Stanford, Yale, etc. to get the degree you want. If your major is not something in demand in today's market don't bother going to college as you'll just be someone with a useless degree working at some restaurant waiting tables.

Useless Degree Examples: Any Language Degree (unless you have a serious drive to be a translator, I don't think they make much money, but you'll probably get to visit the world.), Any History Degree (this includes Art History) For this degree, you won't have any job prospects even if you graduate with a 4.0 from Harvard, Any Culture Studies Degree (this includes Pan African Studies, Women Studies, etc.), Basically any degree that is not a math or science related degree is a waste of time and tax payer/parents/your money. I say tax payer, because some people who get those useless degrees never end up paying for their debts.

Basically, find what you enjoy doing and list like top 5 fields you would like to be in from most to least and then do process of elimination. 1. Is this field a math/science field? If no, cross it out. 2. Is this field highly competitive even toward 4.0 graduates? If so, cross it out. 3. Is this field in demand? If no, cross it out. Etc. No reason for you to waste 4 years of your life and $50,000+ on a degree that won't help you make anymore money than if you started work right after High School.
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There are options other than college. Learning a trade like plumbing or roofing are some examples. If you choose not to go to college, have a plan and something to offer. If you can't plumb, cook, build, roof, wire my house, or whatever, you probably need to go to college.

The successful people I see who don't go to college all know how to put themselves out there and succeed. You need to be able to build good relations with others because having the right friends can help a lot. One person in my town chose not to pursue further education and start his own business cutting grass. He's doing great right now. Not everyone can do that though, so for most people I would recommend college, because in a way it's the easier way.

And yes college is expensive but there are plenty of scholarships and grants if you put in the work to get them. Take out loans if you have to, because with the right career and intelligent uses of your money, you can pay those off.

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Posted 6/13/15 , edited 6/13/15
College is a great thing, but only when the Government keeps it affordable, which the US government doesn't do well at all. Make sure you want to do something that needs a degree though, chef's do not need degrees for instance (Go to culinary school instead), computer people can get certificates (A+ and CompTIA are best currently).

EDIT: a big option people forget is joining the army, you can be almost anything in the army, and if you're competent, they will pay for you to learn things. Examples: Chef, Engineer, Architect, Translator, and my friend is doing something fancy with satellites, and he got to go to Okinawa for the majority of his deployment/time, and he'll have a great job in a cell phone company once his time in the army is over, as in better than 50,000 a year job.
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Posted 6/13/15
It was worth it for the difference in perspective alone.
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Totally depends on who you are as a person and where you want to be/go in life....sky's the limit for your potential if you brave enough to work your ass off for what you really want
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