College was, at it’s origin story, never intended for everyone. It seems that in modern times that that is what we, as Americans, have turned it into – but it’s not for everyone and it never will be.
In fact, it may be more of a bad investment than anything else – as quoted by Lenpenzo:
“For most people, college is a really bad investment. Over the past 30 years, the cost of college has risen more than 1000%, far outpacing inflation in general. If the price of other products rose as quickly as college costs have, today we’d be paying $13 per gallon for gasoline — and $22 for a gallon of milk. As the price of college continues to go through the roof it becomes more and more difficult — if not impossible — for folks to realize a decent return on their investment unless they pursue a technical degree, or study to become a doctor or lawyer. That why there’s an army of shell-shocked graduates out there right now with a worthless college degree and nothing to show for it other than a relatively low-paying job and a boatload of student debt.”
And besides (and this comes straight from that article as well):
“There are plenty of relatively good paying jobs available that don’t require a college degree. According to US Labor Department projections, 63 percent of all new jobs that will be created between 2010 and 2020 won’t require a college degree. In fact, Forbes identified 20 surprisingly well-paying jobs that don’t require a bachelor’s degree; many of those listed require just a high school diploma or equivalent including administrative services managers (median income: $79,540), construction supervisors ($59,150), wholesale and manufacturing sales reps ($53,540), electricians ($49,320), plumbers ($47,750), and insurance sales agents ($47,450).”
And on the off chance that you’re only going to college to sustain yourself, here are five things you can do instead of going to college:
- Create art
If there’s anything that makes someone happy, it’s creating something they can be proud of and that others will covet as well.
- Write a book
There’s even a National Novel Writing Month to help motivate you!
- Start a business
You can tie this in with creating art; start an Etsy. Maybe even start an eBay account and sell thrift store clothing for some extra cash. Or maybe you can rent out a booth at a flea market and sell soaps and other various crafts. It sounds like a dream of mine, to be honest.
- Work for a charity
One of my friends got her job at a cancer center by volunteering there for about a year. It was one of the best things she could have done with her time.
- Travel the world
Maybe you need a little money for this one, but if you had an entry-level job and were able to save up for a little, you’d be able to do some minor travelling – perhaps not the world, but within the confines of your coast.