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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: If our society thinks it's important...it is important. Society creates the standard by which we judge the value of the concept. Clearly this is the dynamic that made pet rocks and string theory important.
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      May 18 2013: But how far do we need to stretch ourselves to conform to the values imposed on us by society?

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