Many people are asking me the same question these days. “Jan, why aren’t you going to college?” Usually, I give them a short answer that goes something like this, “well, because I’m not in the mood. Oh, and I don’t believe in this educational system.” See, college doesn’t equal knowledge. Life does. Now, I know that you guys want to know why in the world I think it’s good not to go to college, so here’s my Top Ten list of reasons why you shouldn’t go to college!
- You can educate yourself. With tons of information on the Internet and millions of books to read, it is almost hard not to educate yourself. Pick the things that interest you, and learn as much about them as you can. Contrary to what you learn in school, the things you actually want to learn will be saved, like data, in the longterm-memory hard drive of your brain.
- Self-education is FREE! The cost of college has gone up way too far in the past few decades. In most cases, college graduates, or even drop-outs, are loaded with debt because of the loans they borrow to pay for their college education. Sure, you’re probably going to buy a couple books to read for yourself, but those are just a few dollars compared to the tens of thousands spent on college.
- You can choose your own career. If you go to college, you’re bound to a career in the future – why else would you study medicine? You don’t want to become a plumber by going to med school, do you? There is a gamut of careers out there that you can pursue without a formal education.
- You’ll have a lot of free time. In that free time, you can work with other businesses while educating yourself. That way, you can earn some income with which you can financially support your self-learning experience (buy books, videos, etc.) Also, you have the freedom to take a break whenever you want. You can study whenever you want and sleep whenever you want. For some people, this might be a problem because they need a schedule to stay on task instead of procrastinating. In that case, create a schedule for yourself.
- Travel! You’re not bound to a specific location because you’re not going to an actual college. This is your opportunity to learn about different cultures first hand instead of just reading about them in textbooks. However, if you feel comfortable at home, then just stay at home because you’re not required to be at a certain place in order to learn – choose it yourself.
- Learn from others. As long as you know other humans, this is always a good option. Learn from people who are already doing what you want to do. I think, this is the best form of education because if you learn from, say, a businessman, you’ll be completely involved in their work-life. If the businessman is willing to teach you everything you know, you will learn both the theoretical as well as the practical aspects of their work.
- You become more responsible. The fact that you don’t have college roommates, floor mates, section mates, and all those mates, will force you to do things on your own. I can say, from personal experience, that this is an extremely important issue: my mom used to cook for me, do my laundry, and tell me when to clean up my room. I have to do all of these things myself now, and it’s awesome because it has made me a more independent, responsible man.
- Broaden your knowledge. In college, you take courses on very specific subjects, such as reticular geometry, or phlebotomy. It’s important to learn specifics, but if that’s the only thing you’re learning, then all of your energy is focused on that one subject. What if you start working as a phlebotomist, but you get fired after a couple years? Phlebotomy is the only thing you know, so naturally you’ll want to look for another phlebotomy job. If you broaden your knowledge and study specifics of subjects that interest you, you’ll have a knowledge-advantage of at least two terabytes…
- You’re not guaranteed a job if you have a degree. The unemployment rate in the United States for the month of August is 9.1 percent. With roughly 300 million people living in the US, 14 Million are unemployed. If millions of students go to college, why are there so many jobless people? Shouldn’t college prepare you for a good, financially stable job at a big corporation? So, it doesn’t really matter if you get a degree or not, at least, not anymore. It mattered a few years ago, but back then, the corporate employers were interested in your GPA. Now, they’re interested in your social and creative skills.
- Many leaders of the business world are college drop-outs! Steve Jobs (Apple), Henry Ford (Ford Motors), Bill Gates (Microsoft), Michael Dell (Dell Computers), Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook), and even the developer of WordPress, Matt Mullenweg, dropped out of college at an early age. These people all had a vision, and they pursued it. College gives you a vision, but it might not be what you want after all. Usually, students go to college with no idea what they’re going to major in. By educating yourself, you create your own personal vision, and you’ll have more than enough resources to follow through on it.
The only thing that interferes with my learning is my education. – Albert Einstein