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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 18 2013: College is flawed in many ways, but people who start businesses still view college as the easy measuring stick for them. Don't assume that just going to any college will guaranty a good job. Lots of people knock themselves out and put themselves in debt just to find that the school they went to is enough to damn them. Right now there is no alternative--there should be, if I win Powerball tonight their may be. 600 Million will get me taken seriously. The old college means everything has some heart-breaking holes in it. You need to get into a top school, get top marks, kiss tushy to get a mentor, then get doors opened to you by the elite. To me that's the way of the 1% and 99% where community college people are treated no better than high-schoolers. What society needs is an alternative that does more for less, is not a crap shoot based on who you know and provides such a radically better way to encompass business econ-systems that they engineer their occupations. Notice I didn't say "jobs". Jobs are a thing of the past--or just a gig you do to get by. There are so many flaws in the current world economy that with real "intelligence" a break-away educational franchise can lead people to create "occupations" that no one knows yet if they'll turn into life long jobs. All we know is there are needs which need precedents and a way to make the results dynamically actionable to a new culture of achievers who instead of hiding their work, lead a "raid economy" of people in flux who can substantiate their impact and earn a percentage. The lecture should go back to being a paid-for entertainment for people to have a social life around, and not a captive audience of passive prisoners trying to keep up or suffer consequences.

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