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Is College Worth it? A quiz

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It depends on what exactly

It depends on what exactly you mean by "worth." If you're referring to money, that can be determined quite easily.

Keep in mind, though, that what is learned in college can also be learned via determined and focused self study. At least for the most part. So you don't need college if you want to become educated, but it would probably help to a large extent.

The examples you use are probably not statistically relevant. Unless it is your goal to imply that by not going to college or by dropping out you will be the next billionaire company founder.

One thing to do is consider college value from the potential employer's perspective. Having a college degree gives employers at least some level of assurance that you made it through the basics of college level education. They would be reasonably assured that you have a fairly good understanding of math, that you can communicate well and that you have good comprehension skills. All of that is important for some jobs, but not all jobs.


The post may be starting with a false premise

Its assuming that you go to college to get a good job, that may be the result for some of a college education, but thats not the reason to go. You go to college to get an education, to broaden your intellect, its not about job training. Law school, med school, trade school, business school, technical school, culinary arts school, apprenticeships etc. are job training. Its important for college students to understand that, if they are there for some future job opportunity, its a waste of time, because they will be asking themselves why do I need to know that?

One premise is clear-you can succeed without college

a harder premise to prove is that college is not worth it.
It all comes down to individual circumstances, budget, interest, drive, what school, what major.
The premise is that college should not be the only route people should consider

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Peter Schiff reminds us that it most certainly can't always be

I wonder what the average time it takes most people to pay off thir student loans?

Begin with the End in Mind

You need to have a goal before you ever step foot in college. Know what the degrees can get you, where the demand of the future will be. don't pick a degree that you can only teach. pick on that you can do more than just one job later.


Its worth it if you get good

Its worth it if you get good grades at a good college in a hard science major that is somewhat in demand. Otherwise, no.

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Yes, its worth it depending

Yes, its worth it depending on what you do. Engineering and technical fields are usually good as long as you also intern at some point.
I would recommend trade schools though. If I knew then what I know now, I probably would have gone to a trade school instead. Yea, I have an engineering degree, but I would have had a much better start in trade school.

To climb the mountain, you must believe you can.

prospective students need to make the analysis

most don't because of the loans available and pressure to go without really considering whether its worth the investment

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Sure it is

as long as you don't get sucked into taking out massive loans you will never be able to pay back.

Work your way through, pay as you go, even if it takes you longer to get the degree.

That is a sensible approach

many don't they stay at expensive on campus housing and come out with 50K in debt and a mediocre education and limited job prospects

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Mark Twain Receives Honorary Degree in Literature, Oxford 1907

Mark Twain in Oxford University garb, 1907 Honorary Doctorate in Literature.

All schools, all colleges, have two great functions: to confer, and to conceal, valuable knowledge. The theological knowledge which they conceal cannot justly be regarded as less valuable than that which they reveal. That is, when a man is buying a basket of strawberries it can profit him to know that the bottom half of it is rotten. - Notebook 1908

Disclaimer: Mark Twain (1835-1910-To be continued) is unlicensed. His river pilot's license went delinquent in 1862. Caution advised. Daily Paul

I think college is worth it

Since one can be enrolled in college at 14, if you can pass the exams, I think it's better to go to college and get an AA/AS/BA/BS degree than worry about prom night.

Americans have been dumbed down. In Zappa's day, people got a better education in high school, and there were blue collar jobs to be had that paid a living wage.

When you look at that list you've provided, you need to understand, there was a lot more than not going to college, that made that happen.

First, believe it or not, many of those companies got their start because family, beit Jewish or Catholic, connections (and this includers Frank's folks and many people in the entertainment industry owe more to their Church or Temple than the MSM ever gives credit or any at all).

Also in Zappa's time, there were organizations like the Grange that gave additional education, Grange teaches how to write resolutions, Robert's rules of Order.. these organizations were SOCIAL SECURITY, before the government decided it could do a better job.

When you consider the hundreds of thousands of high school graduates, that's a very short list of success, and again, if it were not for family that had attorneys and connections.. they would have been sold out.

One reason the music industry LOVES youth is YOUTH, without family back up, gets sold out, and drugs.... RIP Kurt Cobain.. a perfect example.. there's so many who pay a very heavy price for fame someone else to this day is profitting from.

Let's also not forget, Zappa did everything he could to protect his family, and give his kids a better than adverage chance in life.

Also, as military brat, the military works very hard to keep kids in the military generation after generation. Military does not teach those of us who decide to leave the military how to make it in civilian life.

So if you think smoking pot is great in high school.. and your family isn't well connected, chances of you making it to that list are not very good.

So I suggest, don't down college.. get in as early as you can.. 14, 15, 16, 17.. graduate with a bachelor's degree, and make connections.. college is also about making connections.

Make your family a stronger family for having you. LOVE your family, warts and ALL. God gives us family to teach us that LOVE is not easy, but profound.

yes, college CAN be worth it

but its no longer the automatic ticket to a better economic life.
Also the list is only of the mega successful (and it is a long list of impressive names) but there are thousands of highly successful, less famous companies that were founded by non college grads.
If you want to be a doctor, lawyer engineer you probably are well served going to college.
Want to learn history, literature, philosphy, music you might enjoy college but it will be expensive and you can learn alot without going

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been pointed out that musicians, movie stars

artists also are well known for not having college degrees.
The point of highlighting business successes is that a professor at a college that you pay tens of thousands of dollars to listen to who probably never ran a business is perhaps not the best way to learn how to make a living

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certainly we are not talking just about high profile

companies- these are just illustrative of the mega success that non college grads have had.There are countless other examples of people doing quite well (just not famously well) without a degree or debt to incur one

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college is just like betting at the casino

Good luck!

and its possible

that there are better odds elsewhere

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