7 Reasons You SHOULDN’T Go To College

40 years ago we had a great education system. Learning was affordable and employers offered higher paying jobs to those with degrees. Not anymore.

The average annual college tuition is over $50,000 per year and employers are measuring candidates less on knowledge and more on portfolio or experience. Young adults need to start thinking for themselves instead of enrolling because “my parents want me to have a degree”. Furthermore, it's putting our young adults in massive debt. Two thirds of the graduating population to be exact. School loan debt now ranks #2 at $1.2 trillion only to be surpassed by mortgage loans.

The golden model of “go to college and get a good job” is not longer gold. It's rusty and broken.

With the intersection of the internet and a weak economy, everything has changed. Learning is free and if you're willing to work for it, you'll find yourself a pretty sweet career. The video below both made me laugh and cringe. I hope this truth telling satire makes you question your choice to enroll.


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Author Name: D Patridge.

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141 Responses

  1. Can a video make you laugh and cry at the same time? Well this one did. After 8 years and 3 degrees, I know a little about the college business. I can honestly say that I have learned 90% of what I do from on the job training…the other 10% from my Masters Degree. The one good thing college did do was keep me out of trouble in my 20’s and opened the door for me to have the job I have now. No worries, I have a plan, my loans should be paid off by the time I retire in 2034…LOL…sniff sniff

  2. So true. I can confirm from the inside. Higher education has turned into a capitalist cash grab and because of this the quality of education has suffered greatly. What else can one expect when the prime aim is customer satisfaction. Students don’t know what they need to know yet they get to dictate what they want to know. In other words, the inmates run the institution now and ofc quality is out the window because the inmates don’t want to bust ass and work hard they want to party all the time and have every second class cancelled.

  3. This article is really swaying my opinion on what I want to do after high school. I want to be an editor, which there isn’t an actual degree for that. College has always scared me, because the thought of being in debt and having no sure way to pay it back is something that I really do not want to go through. I think that maybe just really working hard and taking actual jobs and network myself out there will help with what I want, rather than spending years at a college.

    1. You do not need a college degree to be a writer, editor, journalist, ect. In fact, you could go to you local Editorial company, or somewhere close to where you live, and ask to have an interview for an editing position. You could also go to a news station and ask to go along for interviews and the like. I made the mistake of going for just that (read my comment above). So my advice is to not go to college.

    2. You could go to a trades school and intern at a large or small publication or magazine company, even the local newspaper is an option. Don’t give up on a dream because your counselor told you that your field of choice is not STEM or Standard Tier Education Merit (my STEM educated mothers joke) worthy. These days being an Editor is actually highly profitable if you are good at it, that’s the trick though you have to be good at it due to so many wannabe bad eggs in specialized fields with no talent looking to make a quick buck.

      But if you are good, go for it and aim for top editor positions that are desperately needed.

  4. God, I wish I knew this before. I graduated high school back in 2012. I took a year off, and not finding anything I wanted to do with life, I decided to go to college. I started back in 2013, for only a semester and I hated it. I hated the people, I hated the teachers, and I especially hated the cost factor. Only going for a semester, a SEMESTER, cost me $13k. Yea, I owe 13 thousand dollars for a semester of college. I am 20, still living at home because all of my money is being spent towards paying off my debt and the rest is going towards feeding myself. I can’t focus on saving and moving out to looking for a better job that I want to work. I have to wait until this is paid off. I can’t imagine going for four to six years and having to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars the rest of your life. I may still be living at home a couple years from now. In fact, my cousin went to college to be a bio engineer. I’m not too certain on how many years she had to go, but after she graduated, the only place she was able to get a job was at McDonalds. This was back when I was either 15 or sixteen at the time. So, about five or six years later, she being early thirties is living at home due to not being able to spend her money on anything else. She is still working at McDonalds, while her $600k diploma is catching dust. College is pointless and a waste of time. I barely made it through high school and contrary to popular belief, college is no different. I have other things I want to do with life other than being confined to a desk and be given a lecture that has nothing to do with what I was originally going to college for.

    1. Welcome to the club, fellow 2012 graduate and I’ve now attempted college twice. I hated it, I really just started looking at customer service rep jobs for cable companies and banks because those have good advancement opportunities and only require a GED or diploma. I’d rather skip the debt and settle for a job that starts small and can turn into something beneficial down the road.

  5. I think getting a college degree still holds true. You just have to get a degree that will most likely pay off in the end. Keep in mind you must also enjoy the subject matter being covered by your degree. I am currently in school for electrical engineering and I love it. Engineering is always a safe bet to go into. For every two jobs out there, there is only one qualified engineer. Here at k State 90% of graduating engineers have a job before they graduate, and I’m talking jobs pertaining to their major. So go to school kids! Unless you’re going for something like a business major. Then that’s when I’d say book it! It Isn’t worth it!

    1. I forgot one thing, when your parents tell you to do your work and try hard in high school, do it! Debt is only for those that can’t secure scholarships or just didn’t try hard enough.

      1. manny that is not true. Some people have financial hardships even before they enter the college system. And believe it or not, everyone can’t apply and receive scholarships because in certain situations, a scholarship can actually hurt you by reducing the current aid you have. Don’t be so quick to make definitive statements that are not a hundred percent true. Just because your particular situation may be unique in that you perhaps didn’t have any debt, doesn’t mean that others who do have it brought it upon themselves.

  6. I love nigahiga 🙂 Glad he’s getting some attention. But, like alipondro said, what exactly are the 7 reasons?

  7. I’m sort of on the fence about attending college. I want to get into passive income (real estate, youtube, blogging, etc) but I also want a backup plan, that is become a veterinary assistant. Vet assistants don’t require a degree in Animal Science, though, they’re just preferred. And I really want to further my education, I just don’t know if college is the best way to do that. Now that I’m saying this outloud, I think I just might bag college. Nobody needs that ish.

  8. I’m not really sure where the 7 reasons are but…I’d just like to say that the point of this article is impossible to apply to medical or scientific fields. In other fields, there are usually alternatives to going to college. But if you’re looking to become a doctor, nurse, scientific researcher, or engineer, college is completely necessary. I wish there had been a disclaimer on this article revealing this caveat of the all-encompassing belief that you can “make it” without college. Having medical practitioners without college (and medical school/residency) education would provide the world with doctors and nurses no better than those in the 1800s, besides knowing it’s healthy to wear gloves and disinfect the skin. There is so much knowledge to be gained from going to medical school, or having a bachelor’s degree in immunology to work at the CDC/WHO, or having an engineering degree to work in several fields.

    But I feel a point that cannot be stressed enough is that for these fields where you MUST go to college, there is no guarantee you will have a job afterwards if you don’t network and reach out to people already successful in the field. I am only a high school senior now but I have already volunteered at a local medical center, an easy program that turned into an opportunity for me to shadow the manager of their Heart & Vascular department. Now, I am meeting patients (with their consent of course), observing vascular surgeries IN the procedure room (!!!!), and getting great advice from doctors, nurses, and medical students. I have also become a Red Cross volunteer at a blood donation center. So these activities now are helping me connect with people who can guide and advise me in my future. And when I do internships and volunteering and research assisting with professors during college, I will be able to create a strong network of people who can recommend me for paying jobs, while also getting in-depth experience that is attractive to people who are hiring. Just think of your future boss: would they rather hire someone with great education/experience who’s a stranger, or someone like you with great education/experience who is strongly recommended by a friend or colleague of the boss?

    1. But at the same time you are going into one the most corrupt fields you could choose with one of the highest rates of cheating in classes and on the job; not to mention the medical field is narcissist heaven. There are plenty of well trained nurses and doctors who only went to med school to make big money and really don’t give a damn about the patients, I know a girl at the place I work who is going into the psychiatric field only because it pays well; so she can make tons of money in her private unmonitored practice where she most likely will end up making her cash by over medicating her clients.. I have talked to med students that agree most of their peers don’t have passion or drive for helping others they are in med school solely for the payout, and then there is the really dark side of medicine as well.

      The issue with any degree is these days you could quite literally be the worst at what you do but if you schmooze up to the right person (and cheat, steal, and lie) you get into a great job and do horribly at it, but the guy who recommended you will keep you afloat and defend you not because you are good at what you do but because if you get fired he might.

      In the medical field hiding mistakes that cost patients thier lives is commonplace, properly trained means nothing when you either don’t keep your skills up to date or you don’t care and only want your paycheck. I could tell you a few instances where my own life was threatened due to mistakes, and do not get me started on the issue of liability and bad doctors/nurses and the “halo effect” of being in the medical field so you must be a kind caring person with loads of love in your heart and obviously a NA is trained in every medical field known to man (seriously people believe this) when the truth is far different. Don’t get me wrong my mum was in the medical field and she did great up until she burned out due to being one of the few people at the time spear heading research into traumatic brain injuries and literally giving it her all. But she told me things that happen behind hospital doors that should be in a book, as in a fiction novel and they weren’t bed time stories these were things that happened at the hospital.

      Yes if you are in a medical, science, or engineering/electrical field you should go to college but the question is do you want to be in those fields? I could of gone into electrical and gotten accepted into a private trades school (I was invited) with a near perfect placement rate and been a third generation high voltage specialist with multiple other skills and gotten hired immediately. Thanks to my mums achievements I could of ridden her coat tails and gone into the medical field, if I focused on neurophysiology or neural trauma, brain injuries, and epilepsy chances are I would of ended up in a job that paid me tons a few years before graduating and been lauded as the prodigal child of so and so. I could of gone into Law and since I have a cousin or three who are very successful in law I could have had a job easily, riding their coat tails all the way to the bank.

      However I did not want to do that, when I graduated high school I had no real idea of what I wanted to do except that I wanted to make innovative products and designs that would change the world but as far as I knew there was no degree for that outside of engineering and architecture (and I was rebelling so no way I was doing either of those). So I went to a technical/trades school, my folks were annoyed and I ended up in a Business Management degree that later turned into a degree I had no idea existed prior to going to college called “Graphic Design” a degree I know people will insult as not being STEM and so not a worthwhile degree. However what your High School and college counselors won’t tell you about specialty degrees like Graphic Design, Fashion Marketing, Visual Communications, Architecture Design, and other so called “dead end fields” is that those dead end fields pay dividends if you are really good and innovative. Those dead end fields also make your day to day life possible, I’m serious.

      If you are a doctor you can be horrible but unless you get sued for malpractice you get paid for being a doctor, if you are a lawyer same deal, but in a specialty degree you have to be good or you don’t get paid.

      And if you want to make the real money you have to be innovative not just creative, creative nets you the 40-50k salary tops; innovative nets you the crazy deal with Waterford Crystal that you dreamed of doing an ad campaign for in Typography class (I’m still dreaming of that one). You have to be on top of trends and able to look ahead to future trends, you need not just learned skills like where to cut and how to use this machine but talent and a true originality that stands out from the crowd.

      Honestly I think that people need to start going into degrees that are more specialized and can still be gained without insane amounts of debt, that’s just my viewpoint and I did just graduate with my degree all of less than a month ago so I am no expert by any means I was just trained by them. With all of my heart I hope you are going into the medical field because you care about the patients and want to make a difference, because you have to do what you really love in life or else regardless of degree you won’t be happy and as a result you won’t excel in your field of choice.

  9. I agree you can be successful in some fields without a degree, however college is an experience everyone should have. I graduate this coming May and I started my college experience having no clue what I wanted to do. It was on campus that I realized I wanted to go into the fitness and health field and thanks to one of my professors I decided I wanted to be a Physical Therapist. Not only have I found out what my passion is (I have volunteered at many clinics and realized it is the career for me) but I have gained so much useful information over the years. I know so much more than I did when I came into this university. I also realized that I love science and I almost wish I minored in Chemistry. Also, thanks to my latest physiology course I learned useful information that actually comes in handy in the real world. I’m finishing my final semester taking classes that are so interesting to me and I really do love going to school because of this. I highly recommend college for everyone. It’s true you won’t necessarily land a good job right after graduation, but it is an experience everyone should get to have. It’s unfortunate tuition keeps rising.

  10. I think you should only go to college if it’s a step towards your dream. I don’t see the point in going just to go or because you don’t know what you want to do. I am in my second year of college and love it. I’m studying Ministry to Victims of Sexual Exploitation which is a step toward my dream. I hated high school, but apparently learning is fun when you are studying material you care about.

    I should graduate debt free because I chose a cheap but good school. I actually enjoy college so much I’m considering going for my masters too – only if it will benefit my career, that is the reason I haven’t yet decided. There are ways to get your grad school payed for as well. If I do grad school, I will graduate debt free or with little debt that I can pay off within a year or two.

    Oh, and there’s the fact that college provides cool opportunities like studying abroad. Did I mention I’m writing this from Athens, Greece? Just be smart about your money, college, and debt. It’s possible to graduate debt free! Do your research. If college will help you reach your dream not hinder it, go to college.

  11. If they really cared about your career goals why do they charge so much to attend? There is no way students should pay more than $2,000 per semester from any school. Otherwise it’s a scam unless they promise you a job after graduation. You put all the time and money to graduate and what do you get? A degree which is worth what in the market? No one knows if that degree will pay off so why spend a fortune for school? It’s ok to attend college if you have really good grades but it’s not ok to get robbed in the process. Anyone under 21 should never borrow money for school. Pay cash or don’t bother. If you don’t have the cash then the school is too overpriced in the first place.

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