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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 17 2013: You are asking the wrong question, college is not what makes people successful, work is! Work is the only common denominator that you will find in any successful endeavour. There are several factors that are far more important than a college degree like passion, concentration and drive. If you don't really love your work you will most likely fail at whatever you try.

    "Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life"- Confucius

    To many people think that if they have a college degree the doors will automatically open for them, look at the unemployment lines, that obviously is not true.
    • May 18 2013: I agree, if you go to college and don't work for education there its a complete waste of time and money.

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