I’ve wanted to stand on a mountain top and just scream this at the top of my lungs for years. Everyone should not go to college. Every eighteen-year-old that graduates high school does not need to immediately go to a four-year University. Society is wrong when it comes to this. Am I saying that you should not go to college at all, absolutely not. You will not be able to enter certain fields without a degree. What I’m saying is that everyone does not need to go to college. College should have a specific purpose. It should help you get to your desired career. If you want to be a lawyer, you should go to law school. If you want to be a doctor, you should go to med school. If you want to be an accountant, then you should pursue a degree in accounting. If a person does not know what major they should pursue, then (in my opinion) they should not go to college until they can figure it out. There is way too much money, or should I say debt, involved when it comes to obtaining a degree. Remember, having a degree does not guarantee you anything. It does put you in a better position when it comes to getting certain jobs. I am not against higher education at all. Going to college without a plan has consequences.
I’ll never forget this day. I was hanging out with a buddy of mine at the time. We were at his house when I saw his diploma sitting on the table. At that moment, I was surprised. I didn’t know that he had already graduated considering he was still going to college. He then went on to tell me that he had a degree in International Business that he could not do anything with. It was a glorified paperweight. He did not know what he wanted to do after high school. Once he realized the specific field he wanted to go into, he went back and got a degree for that area. How can I say this nicely? Getting a degree in a certain area with no plan on how to use it significantly lowers its value.
I believe the true value of any academic institution is in the information that they are able to give you. Once you realize who you want to become, then you choose the best avenue to get there. That’s why more people are going to trade school instead of a regular four-year university. It is a lot more cost efficient. Students also get to spend more time on their specific craft. They will graduate with a degree and the certifications needed that will help them advance in their field. I know a gentleman who put off going to college for years. Once he figured out what he wanted to do in life, he found a trade school that specialized in modifying cars and did what he needed to do to go there.
Again, I am not against going to college. I just believe that a person needs to know what direction they want to go in life first before going to school. If they are able to figure that out in high school, that is awesome. If it takes them a year or two after graduation to figure it out, then that is ok. So many people have gone to college with absolutely no plan in place and have accumulated nothing except a lot of student loan debt that will take them ten plus years to pay back. Everything is not for everybody. And yes, that applies to college as well. I could write pages on this topic, but this is a blog and not a dissertation. Figure out who you want to become and take the best path available to get there.