Top Ten Reasons NOT To Go To College

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!

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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…
  9. 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.
  10. 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. 
Alright guys, that’s my top ten list of reasons why you shouldn’t go to college. If you want, leave your comments, thoughts, and insights in the rectangle below.
The only thing that interferes with my learning is my education. – Albert Einstein

7 thoughts on “Top Ten Reasons NOT To Go To College

  1. We just had a meeting of the mind, Jan. I liked all ten with 10 being my favorite. Hey! You forgot Mark Zuckerberg. I’m listening to the Social Network soundtrack right now. Also, for number 9, that is the national unemployment rate, meaning everyone. The unemployment rate for college graduates has been steadily declining in recent years for grads. It’s 4.3% for 2011.

    • That sounds cool! Oh, yes, I did forget Mark Zuckerberg. I actually just watched the Social Network about a week and a half ago.
      Thank you for the statistics! And for reading the post, of course. Cheers.

  2. I just found your blog through searching “NaNoWriMo” which I have done for a few years.

    I love this post. I am currently “taking time off” from college. I am not sure if I will go back. Right now I am trying to focus on my writing. I have a novel than I want to get pubished once I am finished. As a writer, I think it is important to use the world as a learning experience. Not just focus on “school”.

    Peace.

    • That is awesome. I have just started writing stories, so I’m new to this whole novel-writing experience. Thanks for taking time to read my post, and have fun learning outside of college! Cheers.

  3. Very Interesting post. Is the reality over the world. Spain, Ireland, Greece as a unemployment rate more than 15%. But more than that is the world we live on. Nothing keep the same for to much time nowadays. World change, we have to change to. There are no jobs for a life time no more.

    Take Care

  4. Recently, a friend of mine insisted that his children would have to go to college, no matter what. While I agree that college is, by and large, a good thing, I do not believe that college is the single BEST thing you can do at the age of 18 to 22. Neither do I think that college is the right thing for everyone. The topic moved me so much, that I wrote an article that elaborates on six points to support my argument: http://christopherkober.com/college-really/ Maybe these are interesting. If someone thinks that college is the best thing you can do to become successful, then that’s an argument I am happy to have. Many thanks for this post! Chris

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