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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: College has a lot more to it then just the classes you take. Coming from school people tend not to notice this. In school the focus for us is to learn basic ideas and principles, but we never really ask why we need to know and when we do it can unfortunately be brushed aside.

    College is where we truly learn how to learn and why we need to know things. Thats why it has the open approach to self development and open topics. I fully support the idea of the living with enough but education is a gift that not everyone has, use it, study things that you enjoy. Its like having a job, no one want the one that they hate and college is the first real chance to make a decision like that for yourself to see what you enjoy and find out how you can answer your own questions.

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