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Is going to college next year a good idea?

my dad is telling me that its not a good idea to go to college next year because of this new day and age how the economy is hurting bad and how the coordinators are only out to get your money so they can make money off of you. please I need good advice.

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It really depends upon what you want to do. Some fields, like medicine, law, education, require degrees and certifications that you can ONLY obtain by attending college. In others, a degree will give you an edge, but you can get by without one if you really know your stuff and prove yourself in the field--those include business, finance (though that one is really hard to break into without a degree), graphic design, customer service, corporate training and IT.

There is almost no job where having a college degree won't at least help you.

You can also consider a trade school or correspondence program for a lower-cost option that will still beef up your resume.

Colleges are crazy expensive, but they aren't a scam. And sometimes the cost of getting an education is a necessary evil.

If you need to focus on economic efficiency, you shouldn't go to college just to go--you have to decide where you want it to take you. If you choose a field and really educate yourself about what you'll need to break into it/succeed in it, you'll be able to make a more informed decision about how to get there.

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I have to agree with you. Also, to Denise, there is nothing wrong with taking a year off between high school and college or trade school, in order to decide what you want to do and how to go about doing it. Good luck on your decision:)
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Agree with Anna--you have time! <3
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Excellent answer, Starkravingmom! (Love the username)!
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Many thanks, Nero :-)
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Yes, you should go to college despite the frankly ridiculous cost. You can't get a good job that'll make you money without a degree anymore.

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i think u should u can repay the depts when u get and awesome job u can really get awesome high paying job these days if u dont go to college

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Going to college is probably the best thing to do but it does cost a lot! but it's also were you can get a good paying job at. but don't get me wrong my dad didn't go to college and is really succesful. It just all depend's :)

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Yes, you want a good job and make a lot of money, don't you?

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only if u study something worth the money and effort. like medicine, engineering, or human resources!
steer clear of music, sociology, history

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The first thing you should do is focus on getting a job, then you can worry about going to college. I would say sign up for financial aid, go to college for a semester (while you're still working), and see if you like it. If you do, then keep on going.

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I already have a job but I'm not sure if its gonna be something permanent cause they hired me for seasonal...and I'm going to be applying for a scholarship and a pel grant and financial aid cause I'm a single mother.
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Wait, are you working for UPS? I was hired for seasonal, too. I would say not to go this semester. Wait until you have a full time job and then you can worry about going to college.
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It depends on what you want to do. You really need a plan, and then decide what you need to get that done. It could be you can save yourself college fees, if that is good choice for your chosen profession. But you may need to go. It's impossible to say for you specifically with this vague question.

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No because you get introduced to drugs take online classes.

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I wonder what " ROCK" you have been living under?? You get intriduced to drugs in elementary, middle and high school.....even going out to a night club....Online classes most people DO NOT realize the credits do not transfere, cost alot more money, in almost all areas of study you will have to do an internship somewhere that you have to arrange yourself, alot of potential employers will or do not recognize these online classes as the places that offer these classes or not from an actual college or recognizable school......GOOD LUCK With your endevors....Also future employers look at unemployed, online classes taken only, ect....as a "LAZY PERSON" and how will they even be able to have a structured life....Future employers will also choose an individual that has attended an actual college over those that took online classes...Best of Luck to you...
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Going to college is always a good idea.

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YES...YES...YES...Do it for youself!! NOT your father...is he going to support you and pay your bills while your stuck working in the fastfood industry. (Im not saying there is anyyhing wrong working in fastfood) You need an education to gain employment to support yourself unless you want to live on Skid Row the rest of your life. Go now because the longer you wait the more difficult it will be to return back to school. Have you thought about a technical school? ( physical therapy assistant, emt, medical assistant, pharmacy assistant, and so many more options...they start anywhere from 3month coarse to 8+ month coarse) Think of a profession in the medical, technical field...there is and always be a need for anyone in the medical field and computers are the absolute way of life) Let your father know while you understand his views there not necessarily your views, believe you need an education. (if he is a succesful professional use that as your leverage..dad you wouldnt have or be where you are without your college education) it is also proven statistic that people who have a college education are more succesful, higher self-esteem, self worth as your providing for yourself. I CANT belive that any parent would disscourage their child from trying to better themselves?!?!? He should be insisting on you getting an education. It is expensive these days and prices for everything will only continue to rise!!! Ask yourself this?? If I choose not to further my education...can I afford electric, rent, purchase a home (if you qualify based on your income and job) car, auto insurance which if your making payments on your vehicle you will need to carry full coverage, health insurane (the new obama care crap) phone bill, groceries, dish/direct tv, pets (if you get or have any) internet service, prescriptions (if currently takibg or needed in future) gas, household needs (laundry det, dish det, shampoo, conditioner, soap, hair spray, make up, shoes, clothes, monthly needs, some only applues if yoyr a women) toilet paper, water bill, trash bill, mechanical repairs, child ( what if theres ever an oops) childcare, ect.....whatever you may need to live comfortably can you do that on $7.50-$8.00 dollars an hour. There is NO WAY AT ALL....You would only be hurting hurself if you didnt cintinue your education...GOOD LUCK :)

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Excellent answer. I'm so glad that you pointed out what scams these unaccredited online "colleges" are. They have eaten up all the GI benefits our service people have earned, only to deliver an empty "degree". Star!
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Yes going to college is more than learning a vocation. But you need to be selective about the school you choose. Those advertised for profit schools offer a lower than standard education for above market prices. I suggest you look into your State University School system. Those private "colleges" that advertise on TV with their coordinators are little more than overpriced glorified vocational schools. Your dad is right you should avoid them. It’s about becoming a well-rounded , educated person. Personally I think one of the problems we face as a society is a lack of educated people among the professionals. Study Liberal Arts to get your education, and then decide on your vocation later. Medical Schools, law schools and other professional schools are starting to realize the value of a well-rounded education and are looking very favorably on candidates who have a strong background in the liberal arts. College is more than just giving you tools to make money; it is about helping you to become a better person.

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Excellent answer. Those online "colleges" have targeted our returning vets, used up all their GI educational benefits and handed them a useless "degree". Star!
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Going to College is a step in the right direction. Talk to a Financial Aide advisor about what you qualify for.

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YES!! and if you don't have the money for a full 4 yr university go to a community college first. Take all your liberal art courses in 2 years and transfer if you know what you want to major once in a university. Plus going to a community college for your basic class will save you a lot of money. You dont want to be stuck at a job that pays min wage your whole life do you? Get an education, and work for what you want. Going to a university and getting my Bachelors degrees was the best thing I could do for myself, and I'm now a graduate student working on my Master's ... GO FOR IT

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