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Is college really as important as our society today has made it out to be?

I'm a freshman in high school. My guidance counselors and teachers basically say tell me if I don't go to college my life will be miserable. I want to live a simple life. I have figured it out. I know that may seem weird, but that is what I want. I want to live in a small apartment with not much in it and just enjoy the small things in life. Is college actually necessary to succeed at all in life?

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Thanks alot for all the replies. It really helped me. I'm probably just going to figure everything out my junior year when it's time to make it.

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  • May 7 2013: Hi Colin,

    This is a question that you can always ask yourself and might not come to a right answer because it's different for everyone. There are people who love to study so they spend many years of their lives in college, courses, masters, doctorates... you name it! On the other hand there are people who believe that there is no better college than the experience that you get in life.

    I'm in the middle. I studied for four years and got my first job the week after I graduated and have been working almost non-stop since then.

    But I do recommend everyone to study something if they have the opportunity. Even if it's a short course because I believe this is a great experience, intellectually and personally-wise, for everyone. And, in this world we're living people expect some credentials from you to give you a job.

    I took a course recently because I decided to give a turn to my professional career (some 26 years later! Wow!) and I'm so happy now that I made this decision. The age doesn't matter; I think that we should never stop learning. And today we have education at the tip of our fingers. E-learning is becoming easier and more accessible these days, which I find it's an amazing initiative to encourage people to study even when they don't have the time.

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