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Is your college degree worthless?

Hello Ted World! I will never stop asking you guys questions! It's out of respect though, I respect you guys so much!
My question is, is there such a thing as a useless degree? Okay. my interests in a nutshell. I love talking. I love debating. I love making films. I love directing. I love public speaking. I love planning events. I am currently a junior, 17 years old, and recently I held my very first event at school. I had speakers, performers, videos, presentations, and the purpose of the event was to inspire people to be themselves and love who they are. My ultimate dream is to be a talk show host. The best major that I think suits me is communications. I cannot tell you how many times I've heard that it was a useless major. That I would never be able to find a job. And live my whole life working at Burger king.
Is there such a thing as a WORTHLESS degree? And if you don't mind sharing, what did you major in? How did that turn out?
Thank you:)
I'll make sure to answer my own question after I've read everybody's response.

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  • Apr 10 2013: Fonkou, I think education is worth a fantastic amount, and agree with the other comments in that the experience and the exposure to intelligent people from all backgrounds is very worthwhile. However, I get the impression that in the US you may have to take on significant debt for the experience. So my suggestion is to think carefully about whether the degree is necessary of desirous for your future career. Try to think of the added value that a degree would get you, and weigh off the average returns (probably relatively low with a communications degree) against the potential high-end returns that the successful and hard working graduates in that field can achieve.

    Perhaps a more general degree might have more value in terms of keeping your options open. Whatever you do, I would recommend working hard to get to the most prestigious school (for your academic field) that you can, and when there do extra-curricula activities that would shout your interest and aptitude to potential employers. A good degree is the bare minimum for getting an interview- a personality and relevant interests will be what gets you the job.

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