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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 8 2013: Personally I do not consider college a necessity to be successful but it does provide an interesting opportunity to expand your social circle and interact with intelligent individuals you normally wouldn’t have the opportunity to as a young person. The college experience for me wasn’t as much about what was learned in the classroom as much as what I learned out of the classroom. I learned a lot about how people interact with each other, and saw people go through the highs and lows of academic life. This time is often taken for granted by students who look back years later wishing they made different choices. This is a time to expand yourself and figure out who you want to be in life and plan your route to get there. Another positive aspect of student life is the guidance and services that you have available to you once you have a student number, anything from a career centre, to library, gym, resume centre, councilors etc.
    On the other hand I have known quite a few individuals who did not attend/ stopped attending college and are doing great in life. With the use of technology and forums such as this one, traditional learning is not the only option to be an educated and productive member in society. There is more information and people to meet on the internet then any college or university around the world has to offer and it really puts the choice of what you want to do/learn in the hands of the user. As stated below some of the wealthiest people of our generation did not attend an post secondary institution and ended up doing far better then anyone would have expected them to do.
    When looking for a well paying job, recruiters will often look to hire an individual with some sort of post secondary credentials, not necessarily for the information you gained from the program but it shows that you have dedicated yourself to something and completed it from start to finish, it gives your work ethic credibility.
    Keep living the life you desire. good luck!

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