I'm 50 and earned a bachelors degree in 1989. Nothing I learned in college was of any value to me during my career other than the piece of paper itself that proved I went to college.
Educating yourself online and actual job experience is the best way to prepare yourself for the real world. Even if takes you a year or two working at a job that is near the bottom of whatever your career field happens to be because you "don't have the piece of paper"...you will still be able to move up and get where you want quicker by working than wasting 4+ years drinking, being socialized into worshiping collectivism instead of individualism, and being brainwashed into having blind loyaltiy to The State. IMHO of course.