buffalobillsrul2002 wrote:Personally, I'd say it's worth it for people to go to college. Maybe it's not for everyone, but I feel I've just gotten so much smarter for going. And I'm a better person for it. That's easily worth the 70 or 80k i'll be in debt (super-expensive private school-some scholarship-summer work). But even if it was 100k or 120k, it'd still be worth it. Nothing replaces general intelligence.
But therein lies the problem. You need to look for the experiences college provides that will improve your life. And some do that better than others. I've gained an understanding of who I am from college, what I want, and why I want it (not exactly, but more idea than I had before). Without college, I wouldn't have that (though granted, some of that has come from internships too). But it's about finding experiences and gaining understanding. As an 18-22 year old kid, college is probably the best way to do that....
I think it's understandable that most students focus on working hard to get that good job out of college and to discover what they want to do in their careers. Their parents put enough pressure on them to do that and sometimes, to an unhealthy end. However, in so doing, at times they miss out on the whole picture that they're there for the experience. Earning an education should be about becoming a better person, not so much about becoming a model employee. I've known people who just wanted to hurry through college, only to find out they didn't learn much of anything.
That said, college isn't for everyone and from my personal experience, it definitely wasn't for me. I was the entrepreneurial misfit in college, and I still am now, but for the better and for all the right reasons now. I still finished my education and it was a rewarding thing to complete it. I've worked hard to get to where I am now, but I still attribute that success to my college experience for opening the doors for me.