TED Conversations

This conversation is closed. Start a new conversation
or join one »

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?

+12
Share:

Closing Statement from Colin Petre

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.

Showing single comment thread. View the full conversation.

  • May 9 2013: When I was a junior in High school, I told my mom, "If I go to college right out of high school, it'll be a waste of my time and your money." I was sick of going to school. Instead, I joined the military (and do not recommend it).
    Afterwards, it took me 13 years to get a 4-year degree. But I did it because I WANTED it.
    Looking back, I wouldn't change anything, because then I wouldn't be where I'm at now, which is pretty darn happy.

    A couple hints:
    1. You get better financial aid after 25 or marriage because then your parents' income doesn't count.
    2. You might think that math isn't important. Bullsh**. Get through trigonometry at a minimum. Sines, cosines, and the pythagorean theorem are VITAL in anything where you build stuff or work with electricity.
    3. If you get into drugs, STAY AWAY FROM THE POWDERS!!!
    4. Not everybody gets to go to college. There are a lot of people that have to WORK for a living. If you are one of them, take care of your body, because it's the most important tool in your toolbox. Also, manual labor can be very enlightening.
    5. When you leave school, don't stop learning. Read. Take online classes, or continuing education classes, or online classes, art classes. Learn to meditate.
    6. Learn about what goes into your food. If you see ads for it on TV, it's usually bad for you.
    7. Leave your home town. Get out and see part of the country at least. Go visit another country if you can. Maybe not right away, but do it before you're somebody's father.
    8. Read the wikipedia entry for "credential inflation".
    9. Winning the lottery is not a sound financial plan. It's a tax on people that are bad at math.

    Anyway, it's bed time.
    Good luck Colin.

Showing single comment thread. View the full conversation.