In today’s world, no one can afford a wasted expense. That being said, college is one of the most expensive investments a person can make in their life. Because of the great time, effort, and monetary value invested in completing a college term, it is imperative you weigh the pros and cons, and decide whether college is right for you.
Before we tackle that goliath of a question, let’s answer some smaller ones first.
Do you like to learn?
Can you dedicated the better part of your days to a school of learning in order to become specialized in a certain field?
Can you bear taking tests?
Do you have the financial means to be comfortable while pursuing continued education?
Are you passionate about something that you would like to spend a great deal of your life doing?
Does the thought of surveys like this turn your stomach?
The answering of these questions should point you in the right direction as to whether or not college is right for you. For example, “Do you like to learn?” If you love learning and broadening your understanding of yourself and the world around you, then I would recommend you attend college. There may be no better collection of diverse peoples sharing their own unique perspective on the world around them. Libraries are usually open late, and professors are usually picked for specialization in their field. This means they have field knowledge of the subject they are teaching and aren’t just giving you their opinion about something they’ve only read in a book (like in high school.)
Another of the above questions that deserves special consideration is “Do you have the financial means to be comfortable while pursuing continued education?” Many students are forced to drop out for lack of funding. This leaves them with more or less of an empty investment. They could’ve put that money to better use. On the other hand, if there is something you’re especially passionate about that requires a college education, perhaps its better to define what level of comort is acceptable to you. It is important to note that many great entrepreneurs have not graduated from college, but if you’re goal is brain surgery or bio-physics, we’d all be very much happier if you had that little certificate of qualification.
In short, look at your bank account, look at your brain, look at where you want to be in life, and look at college not as the only road to true suuccess, but as one road with interesting truck stops and tourist destinations.