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You wish college wasn't such a normalized aspect of our culture, and that there were other, equally esteemed post high school options, amirite?

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Assuming you mean that you shouldn't be looked down upon for choosing to work rather than to attend college, well, it all depends on what you do with what you have. If you can become a successful person without the post-high school education, then you'll get the highly esteemed position,eventually. A lot of really influential people actually didn't finish high school and/or college: Richard Branson, Bill Gates, Mark Zuckererg, Steve Jobs, Henry Ford, Steven Spielberg, etc. etc.
If you deserve it, you'll earn the success. A lot of people use college as the way to get there, but it's not the only way. It's just the most conventional. But yeah, I don't think it should be looked at as equally esteemed to work at Wendy's rather than go to college, unless that's honestly your dream.

I personally am going to college, but I completely agree with you. Only 50 or so years ago, very few people went to college because it wasn't necessary for a lot of careers. Now it's like people think you're an idiot if you didn't go to college.

kristins avatar kristin Yeah You Are +4Reply

Honestly, I think college is stupid. It used to be awesome, but now is the age of free information. It's absolutely useless to pay money to go to a specific place to learn things that are available for free all over the internet. College is just a scam, now. You're essentially paying for the piece of paper that allows you to get a better job. What exactly makes college a better source of information on a subject than the internet? Nothing.

Mike_Hawks avatar Mike_Hawk Yeah You Are +3Reply
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Be completely honest, though. From the standpoint of purely trying to further your own knowledge, is the difference worth all of the money you pay? This is not counting the diploma you get after finishing college.

Mike_Hawks avatar Mike_Hawk Yeah You Are 0Reply
@Mike_Hawk Honestly, I think college is stupid. It used to be awesome, but now is the age of free information. It's absolutely...

Going to college, you get up to date, accurate (or least accurate according to professionals at the time) information. How much of the information from the internet can you verify and be absolutely certain of its accuracy? Very little.

@Cpt_McMuffin Going to college, you get up to date, accurate (or least accurate according to professionals at the time)...

I'm sure you'd like to think that's true. Most of the information the teachers in college get is from text books. The content of these same text books is available on the internet. Studies and research and all sorts of reliable sources are completely available everywhere. Not all college "professors" are actually professors. Some of them don't have very much teaching experience at all.

Mike_Hawks avatar Mike_Hawk Yeah You Are 0Reply
@Mike_Hawk I'm sure you'd like to think that's true. Most of the information the teachers in college get is from text books...

If you honestly think that free online information is equal to going to college, I'm not going to try to convince you otherwise. I strongly disagree, but I'm not going to make this into a big argument.

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I worded that poorly. Obviously a professor is a professor. What I was trying to say is that not everyone that teaches at a college is a professor.

Mike_Hawks avatar Mike_Hawk Yeah You Are 0Reply

I think it's interesting that all these comments are comparing the academic benefits of college over learning things on the internet, while for me, a big influence in my decision to go to college was the social aspect. Even assuming that I could get the same information from the Internet, for instance from al official online class, I wouldn't have had as good an experience just sitting alone in my room all day working. By actually walking around, going to classes in person and being in a public setting I got to interact with all kinds of people, and that's what college was to me, more than a fancy bit of paper announcing that I knew stuff.

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