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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 28 2013: What you want today may not necessarily be what you want in 4 years. Your ideas/wants/needs are always changing. However, if you don't want to go to college then absolutely do not go to college. You will just be wasting time and money. When I graduated high school I had the mindset that college was what everyone expected me to do and what I "needed" to do right after high school. I did not think it through. I was undeclared going to an expensive university (University of Oregon.) I ended up going to a community college the next three years after the first year at UofO. Withdrew from so many classes and wasted so much money. I finally declared a major 4 years later and here I am in my 6th year of college about ready to graduate from UofO with only a bachelor's degree. What I can say is that I feel that college was worth it for me, but I should NOT have gone right after high school until I had a set plan and had the drive.

    There are millions of young students out there that have the drive right after high school that end up going to college and doing amazing things. I have so many successful friends who make more than 100k a year that never went to college. These people just had the drive to do something different. If a simple life is what you want then go for it. However, just keep in mind what I said before, everyone's interests change and you may be living a life later on that you do not want because you did not prepare.

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