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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: I commend your simple life goals, but college does more than prepare you for a job. It opens your mind to other cultures and ideas that may spur you to be innovative and support to be able to act on your goals. It offers different views from people who are not like you and offers them the richness of your being. You don't need structure to learn, but you do need structure to open your mind to hear what others have to say and to get others to see and hear you.

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