College Versus No College

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Is the assumption that obtaining a college degree is a necessary ingredient to obtain a good job and have a comfortable lifestyle true? Well, most people would say yes; however, when such IT idols like Bill Gates and Michael Dell dropped out of college and soared to billionaire status without a college degree, you can’t help but wonder whether pursuing one is really necessary or not. Furthermore, the fact that a high percentage of Americans don’t use their college degrees in their jobs after graduation adds to the notion that it may not be a requirement.


The popular belief that is you need to continue your education after high school because during those four short years, there was no way that you could learn all you need to know to start a career at the young age of 18. I tend to agree with this belief, because I truly believe that I didn’t really learn anything of substance until college. High school seemed to be a stepping-stone to learn all the required background information about history, literature, writing, math and science. Whereas during college, I felt like I finally learned about history—real history—meaning it wasn’t the lackluster stuff one learns during high school. The same goes for literature class—we weren’t just reading Shakespeare anymore—we were exploring and learning about so many other literary geniuses that challenged the boundaries of writing.


In addition, the average high school graduate is not ready to enter the cutthroat world of business and full-time employment—no matter how much they really believe they know. College serves as a time to grow personally as well as intellectually. Just think about how much you changed over the four or five years while you were earning your college degree.


College definitely seems to be a requirement, especially in today’s global marketplace where the skills required to excel have changed radically in a short period of time and will continue to change over the next 10 years. Today’s workers and the next generation of workers must possess the ability to adapt, learn quickly, understand and know about different cultures, be extremely tech-savvy, etc.


The way I like to look at it is that there was a reason that Bill Gates and Michael Dell never finished college: They were bona fide visionaries, experts in their fields and chomping at the bit to realize those unrivaled visions. Besides, if Bill Gates had completed his four-year stint at Harvard University, Microsoft might not be what it is today. But then again, he may have been able to push the technology boundaries even further if he did complete his degree. In the end, regardless of whether you go to college, drop out or earn a college degree, etc., the important thing is that you are learning and striving to increase your potential.

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