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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 3 2013: The most important is the motivation to learn and unlearn, the courage to investigate our own beliefs. We can use the life as a college, we can learn and unlearn things all time, some times we can learn and unlearn in this institution that we call college but it is not completely necessary, what is necessary is the courage to investigate our deeper beliefs. it is to become free, free of our conditioning! thanks!

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