you must go to college to be successful?

2 years, 4 months ago

From a young age we are taught to be successful we must go to school get good grades. Get good test scores eventually go to college get a good job etc. Whos to say thats for everyone? People think they are better because they have gone to college got a degree etc. Who says thats for everyone, some like to work with there hands make art do something that is not profitable whatsoever. Just for the love of it. I think from a younger age we should let kids do what what they desire a bit more, no matter how obscure it is(within reason). Let their imaginations work a bit more?

December 5, 2012 at 11:10 pm

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Profile photo of TheSkaFish TheSkaFish M (@theskafish) 2 years, 4 months ago ago

@stewww, sure. There’s no real correlation between college and success. First off, success is a very broad term, many people will define it differently. You’re completely right in saying that life isn’t one-size-fits-all. The problem becomes when people are interested in doing stuff that isn’t profitable, but we live in a system where how much profit you make determines how comfortable you are, even as far as determining whether your most basic needs are met. I think there should be some kind of safety net, but there’s a lot of people who say that people like that should just starve. I really hope we can change that somehow.

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Profile photo of  Anonymous (@) 2 years, 4 months ago ago

Well yeah man its pretty well understood that our education system is seriously flawed, massively detrimental to our true potential, is completely run by tunnel vision, and definitely “isn’t for everyone.”

Not that I like the guys, nor do I agree that they are “Successful” but Steve Jobs and Bill Gates didn’t finish college.

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Profile photo of  Anonymous (@) 2 years, 4 months ago ago

I feel it could increase the probability of having a greater income but of course we can say that’s flawed just go to forbes.com and learn all about rich people :P let’s think of a few who have dropped out of uni , BILL GATES , FACEBOOK DUDE , loads of entrepreneurs on the internet. The saying goes ‘ a formal education will get you a salary self-learning will make you a fortune.’ Of course it’s not for everyone people can have very different life styles as we know and learn more about the world and meet new people.

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Profile photo of Veggies4Lyfe Veggies4Lyfe (@iluvdamusic) 2 years, 4 months ago ago

Especially this day in age when jobs are scarce for people even with college degrees the idea of higher education. So the whole go to school, get good grades, get a good job is kinda out of the picture currently.
Another thing that plays a role in it I believe is your happiness and how you expect to obtain that happiness. The American society is so materially driven that many people think they need a nice car and a big house to make them happy. But compared to people in Africa who have little to no money, they are happy, if not happier than us. So depending on how you want to live the rest of our life and what you call happiness the need for college can be very different.
I personally am finishing up my first semester of college going into my 2nd. I’m set on finishing up my 2nd semester and dropping out/taking a year off, whatever you wanna call it, and find what I want to do with my life and what makes me happy and to really put my life into perspective. Now many people are “brainwashed” into thinking that you must go to college to live a happy life, it may be happy for their standards but one must ask themselves…. what really makes ME happy and what do I want to live for?

-I hope that made at least some sense, it was kind of all over the place.

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