Millenials have the hardest out of any generation. We are most educated yet the worst paid generation. Many have discussed college and whether or not it is really worth it. We can all agree that the cost of education needs to be lowered or doesn't need to exist at all, but many have asked, "do you need to go to college at all?". Surprisingly, many will say yes. Many have also said that college altogether is overrated, a waste of time, and there's no real purpose for it. Respectfully, I have to disagree.
I believe that those who say college is a waste of time are simply people who lack motivation or the willingness to achieve better. I also believe many people who say this, are often people who just took what they've heard from people or on social media and took it for face value. You will never know what something is like until you try it. I suggest that everyone goes to college or even trade school. Even if it's just a community college, I would suggest you still go. As someone who graduated with a degree in Business and Entrepreneurship, I can say college has its ups and downs, but it is worth it.
College is like a party...well partially it is (giggles), but college is like a party in the sense that your experience is what you make of it. There's two type of guys in the world, there are guys who go to parties, socialize with everyone and dance on the floor. Then there are guys who pay to get in, stand up against the wall all night and only pulls girls by their waist when they walk by. When it comes to college, be the guy that socializes, not the ones who stand up against the wall. If you don't do anything, connect with your professors, meet other students, and tap into your interest, then yeah college is going to seem like a waste. Your experience in college is only going to be as open as your mind is.
When I was in college, I learned far more than I did in elementary school or high school. College helped me broaden my horizons, learn the true history of this country and society, and helped me rediscover myself. From my heritage to my new found talents, I've learned a lot about the world and my potential, along with making life-long friends and connections. Now I will admit, there were times when I wanted to transfer, I sometimes went head-to-head with my family over my decision of wanting to transfer, and I've had to check a few people at my school. Are there some things about my college experience I would have changed? Yes, but overall would I have still gone to college? Of course. College taught me the type person I want to be, the type of people I want to around, and the type of people who don't need in my life. Whether the experience was good or bad, college shaped me who I am today.
If you ever doubt your degree or question why are you still in school, just remember there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Numerous reports have shown that the college degree will soon be equivalent to a high school diploma. No shade to those who didn't go to college or trade school, but it's already hard for them now, and it's going to be even harder for them in the future. People with Master's degrees are working in retail as we speak, so when Bachelor's degrees become the new high school diploma, I bet they won't say college is a waste then.
College is more than homecomings, after parties, liquor, weed, and debt. You might not see the benefits just yet, but continue to work hard and you will start seeing the advances you're making in your field. Don't let other people's lack of determination and talent derail you from going to college. Not everyone's experience is going to be the same. Yeah, some people have been successful without going to college, but I can guarantee you most of those people had a cushion to fall back on. College is not a waste of time and your degree isn't worthless; giving energy and thought into those who tell you that is.