In the board game of LIFE you can either take the long road and go to college, or you can start off drawing a career card. Granted, the careers are limited because you very well can’t be a doctor with no degree. You put your peg in a station wagon and spin the wheel. According to your income you can buy a trailer or split level home or a big ass mansion. You might not have enough to make ends meet, or you might get caught up down the line by the student loan people. You might even end up with a couple sets of twins in the back of your game piece. It’s pretty damn accurate if you think about it.
My online moms group (yes this is a thing) got into a discussion the other day about college savings for our little ones. You know that Gerber savings plan commercial? Kinda like that. Some of the group had looked into it. Some had even gone through the governmental paperwork of getting one started. But then we got into the discussion of if they would even make their kid go to college. And I was shocked by the varying opinions.
A lot of the moms (stay at home, and working variety) are college graduates. And yet, some of them mentioned that they wouldn’t force their kids to go to college. Not they didn’t want their kid to be educated, but they themselves are facing a ridiculous amount of debt and little to show for it, so they wouldn’t be too mad if their kid decided to just go straight to work after high school. They have degrees and not the money they were promised for getting it. Or the title that corresponds to all the studying they did.
I’ve seen a few tweets about studies done that show business majors are a dime a dozen and really only get paid about that much anyway. 1 out of every 2 college graduates is unemployed or grossly underpaid for their degree. I’ve heard tales of people not getting jobs in their field because they lack the experience. But how do you get it when you opt for the college path of life?
I managed to get about 90 credits under my belt before my mom’s company I was interning with offered me some full time work. So I quit school. And although I’m very much secure with that decision I occasionally get the “you were so close why don’t you just finish” or “I went back to school and such and such so you should do it to”. For me the objective of college is to get a job. Mission accomplished right?
This is not to say that I am against college at all. I think it’s great how many people go, and complete it. I like to hear stories of first generation graduates and how hard some people’s parents worked to get them there. But I also hear the frustrations of unused degrees and the economy and the search for employment. And I wonder, if I would force my kid into that uncertainty. Would I expect her to know what she wants to do with the rest of her life at 18? Would I be devastated if she decided to learn a trade? I really have no clue.
The way I see it, you should have a little time. Figure out what you’re good at and what you like to do and what you want for your life. I don’t think you’re equipped mentally or financially to handle that at 18. I know lots aren’t capable at 30.
Were you pressured to go to college? Do you think it paid off? If you chose the career path of life, do you have plans to get a degree? Or just totally fine with the decision you made? Would you force a child of yours (real or hypothetical) to go to college? Let’s discuss.