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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 14 2013: University is most definitely overrated to some degree. If you know what you want to do, find a technical/vocational school that will get you into whatever industry/work you'd like. University's primary utility in this day and age is networking opportunities which are highly merit or relationship based. However you do also get the opportunity to take classes in other things to develop 'well-roundedness' which some people value. You can always develop 'well-roundedness' on your own but university offers the opportunity alongside a bunch of other kids your age. So either way, going to 4-year college or not, I think you'll be fine. Just make sure you gain relevant experience for your desired employers, especially throughout college years, otherwise you could get screwed after graduating dealing with loan debt or just feeling left behind. If there's a will there's a way, usually.

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