YES! Actually, HELL YES! When they say “it’s the 4 best years of your life” they’re not kidding ;) College was by far one of the most exciting and eye-opening experiences of my life, and the amount I grew from it (both intellectually and just overall in general) was incredible.
To me, college is much more than just an education and fancy degrees – it’s about learning how to be out on your own and finding your place in this world. I learned about interacting with people, managing my time (which I later forgot), falling in love, falling out of love, being responsible, partying and partying and studying and studying! (more than ever before), and just really being an adult and taking on the next chapter in life.
While it’s definitely possible to do this without any further education at all (you surely don’t need a degree to be successful!), the opportunities that it offers are endless. I’d recommend it even if you have no idea of what you wanted to be when you “grow up.” (I changed majors twice, and only recently did I even start using my degree in the real world).
But having that degree puts you at the top of the list. It gives you options that others don’t easily get for the pure fact you graduated – whether you’re truly smarter or more experienced than the others or not (and in most cases, you can’t even APPLY to a job without some sort of degree!). It also makes you look professional even if you aren’t ;) And first impressions are everything in the business world.
So would I recommend putting in the time and money for 4+ gloriously long years of schooling? You bet your sweet ass I would. The truth of the matter is, there is no way I could have gotten to where I am today without getting that degree. I highly encourage you to do whatever you can to make it to college. Take out loans, apply to grants, go in-state instead of out of state, start at community college, ask your parents and family to help, whatever it takes. (I will even contribute myself if you ask nicely! :)). If you like having the odds in your favor, an education is where it’s at.
PS: I got thinking about this stuff from a group writing project going around on education and wealth. If you want to read other opinions on this topic (much more in-depth than mine!), or want to participate by blogging about it yourself, be sure to check it out! Big props to Go Banking Rates for organizing it.
(Crazy college pic by Adam, L’Iconoclaste Banal)