If you are graduating from high school and are not sure whether you want to go on and get more of an education, there is a lot you want to consider. Getting an education can be a very valuable thing. However getting a degree will not necessarily get you a good paying job. You have to evaluate why you want to go to college and what you plan to do with your degree once you have it.
There is an old saying that goes, “knowledge is Power” This is very true, however in today’s world educations can cost thousands and tens of thousands of dollars. Grants can be very hard to come by, and even if they are obtained they will probably not completely cover all of the costs. Also they will take a lot of your time and keep you from obtaining a job that can help you support yourself.
The biggest reason one would want to go to college is for the knowledge itself. You will never know what you will learn when you are in college. One class about journalism may help you learn about video editing. Another about law can give you some business skills. And you may actually learn what you went to study. Skills like these may help you get a job, repair things around the house, build things, experiment, or even start your own business. Also college can make you friends and get you connections for later in life. This is especially useful if you plan to make your own business, as you can offer your friends a job.
The biggest reason not to go to college is the debt that it will create. Debt is a horrible thing that can take away your freedom. With the debt of college weighing you down, you might have to take a job you do not like, that will barely pay the bills from your college tuition. You might not be able to find any other job that will pay enough and the one you get to pay it off could make you miserable. Sometimes people are not even able to get a job, and to keep their money problems at bay, they must go back to school and accumulate more debt, while they search for a job that will make enough money for them to survive.
College is not as big a party as some people would like to believe, there are not wild parties every night, there are not loose women who want to meet you, and the classes are much higher pressure and more difficult then high school would have you believe. If you want to have fun, you are probably going to want to get a job right off. At least then you will be saving up money instead of spending it.