Art Vandelay wrote:I think the idea that you have to leave college with huge amounts of debt is a myth. Sure, if you decide that you are going to go to school for four or five years and not work a day a borrow all of the money you need for tuition and living, you're going to have a lot of debt when you're done. If you work while you're in school, don't go to a ridiculously expensive private school, and don't live like you have all the money in the world, you shouldn't end up with much debt. I put myself through school, worked 40+ hours a week the whole time (except soccer season, when I only worked about 25 hours a week), didn't take expensive trips and vacations like Spring Break in Cabo is some kind of right, and when I graduated I would have had no debt if I hadn't taken out a student loan my senior year to buy a car.
Go to an in-state public school, maybe even start at a community college to get some general ed out of the way, work, and don't act like you have an endless supply of money to spend on whatever you want and college is affordable with little to no debt.
I agree that the idea that you have to incur giant amounts of debt to attend school is largely preposterous. I would have had no debt if the military hadn't screwed me over royally. My wife, who had no athletic scholarships or military money, managed to keep her entire school debt load under $20k by going to in-state universities. People who go to school and come out with enough debt to buy a rare car just baffle me, unless they're in a field that makes six-figures or have a PhD as a result.
But you do need to go to college. I have a buddy who could do what I do now and make about 150% more as a result, but he never went to college, so no one will even give him an interview despite having done the job for 3 years. They'd rather hire a college graduate who may not even be half as talented as him.