These days, unless you are going to college for a very specific goal, i.e.
doctor, lawyer, teacher, engineer, ect. college isn't worth it. If a
person just wants to find themselves, it's much cheaper to go travel or
work or do a service, military or (mission) than to waste 20 to 50 thousand a
year on a campus without any real direction. Many young high school grads are
not sure of their direction. Put off college for a few years and save the
money. How many have attended and graduated with a degree that really does not
advance their lives except to put them in huge debt. By the way, with billions
in endowment money that many of the top universities have, why do they need to
charge such high tuition anyway?
Get into the trades. Lots of work. Low education costs. A good opportunity to
have your own business down the road.
no need to spend $40-$50K/year to go to college. Some attend "prestige"
institutions to say they attended "XXX" rather than to get an
education.our local institutions are a steal compared to some
east-coast schools. In-state tuition is $12k for UVA but only about half that
here.I remember talking a few years ago to a colleague from
Pittsburg and I was surprised at how expensive even the public schools were in
the east. We do have it good.
lost in DCI come from the west, California, and yes there are good
inexpensive educational opportunities available. Particularly the junior
college then state college route which does not cost what going to Stanford or
USC does. However, since many people believe that the college itself is as
important on the resume as the degree, many go to the big name, big expense
places. And coming out with a six figure debt, especially if you are not
starting a dentistry practice, or law, or medicine, or business, can leave one
back at home looking at (as Dick Cheney said)a fading Obama poster on you wall
and wondering why you are not working when you have a sociology or (fill in the
blank) "studies" degree.
If you get a bachelor's in Psychology, it's just crazy to complain
that you are unemployed at the end. It's on it's face good to study
something you are interested, but then you don't need to pay a college to
study something. You're paying for that piece of paper. The
only reason we pay for the paper is that most business won't give you an
interview without it. We remember the article about the successful electrical
engineer that confessed on his death bed that he only had a few classes in
college right? So why aren't we able to think outside the box,
get instruction from private tutors and experienced people and then take a test
for our credentials?