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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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    Jun 1 2013: Even though many people question whether to attend college or just try to find a good paying job, most studies indicate it still does pay off to obtain a degree. A degree may cost a lot, but it gives you access to higher-paying jobs when you graduate. A college degree ensures you’re competitive against others at your experience level.

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