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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: Is it necessary to succeed? Definitely not, think on the wildly successful Bill Gates or Steve Jobs. For me neither, after my three years in the military I found myself competing with master level graduates in IT and beating them soundly. That was one surprising aspect of life without college for me, it's a bit of a joke really. It used to be, and depending on where you live, college prepared you for an actual position based on what you know and can demonstrate, now... in America it doesn't by and large. If you're an American, or for any in earshot, the system is built on some kind of ridiculous approach to fostering or creating an 'every-man'. A well-rounded person, educated in the classics, but forgets them after a month (that goes for everything by the way you're not interested in personally). Well versed in communicative skills but actively erodes them in their personal life.

    I envy the European system, a straight-forward approach that seemingly works better. Through my many years of travelling, without doubt, those students are more mature than your average American. My gut tells me this approach we take isn't working at all.

    So, a simple life? Nothing wrong with that at all, I grew up that way and once I had all my youthful ambition tempered with my service, I live a relatively simple life. I contend that it is a far better thing to be anti-authoritarian than taking an authority figure at their word and acting accordingly for the entirety of your life. As a young man, you've had to accept that, no doubt, throughout your entire life up until this point.

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