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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: #1 your life won't be miserable just because you didn't attend college. You can learn a trade that will satisfy the monetary requirements to fulfill your desire for a simple life and still enjoy learning things about the world if that's what you want to to do. TED talks is a good place to keep learning new things, the library, and if you want you can always take a college course or two... Success isn't about how much money you make, its about achieving the goals you set out for yourself.. if I were to give you any advice it would be this... read WALDEN by Henry David Thoreau... take the time to find out what you want your life to be and then do it....

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