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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?


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.

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  • May 24 2013: Colin, -- Never forget the word 'Ambition'. It takes but one first step.

    It is great that you are seeking answers at the 'Starting Point',
    and not at the 'Finish Line'.

    Teachers and counselors 'want you' to 'want to become' educated.
    They know that once you have tasted the driving force of 'Ambition',
    the joys found in higher learning can be without boundaries.

    An example --
    Einstein worked 7 years for a Patent Office, reading Patent Applications.
    He discovered a world of ideas. After becoming a well known university
    professor and speaker, he went on to live a life of scientific discovery.
    Never was he required, nor forced into his life. He choose it.
    He was not a wealthy man, but he was considered wise.

    You've not yet reached his level, but you might. The future is yours.

    As a much younger person, I am sure adults spoke to you,
    asking, "What do you want to be when you grow up?"
    Your answers then most likely are different from today's.
    As tomorrow's answers will differ from...

    Your brain needs time to listen, absorb, mull over, sort-out,
    and judge, before it can come to a conclusion and store
    the opinions it favors.

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