posted on Dec, 23 2011 @ 04:48 PM
I do not have a degree, but I do have some college credits. I did merit 6 credit hours in a couple of high-school classes. However, I graduated high
school early by taking night school, a course via mail correspondence, and summer school. By the time I graduated summer school, my college was
slated to start 2 weeks later, and being 17 and irresponsible, I flaked on most of my classes. (You can imagine how angry my parents were when they
found out!). My dad made me look for a real job, and at 18 I ended up landing one that usually requires a degree. I have been "moving up the
ladder" with much success since then.
My fiance has a degree and is extremely intelligent, but is 25 and still learning the ropes when it comes to his career. I'm 22 and I make
substantially more money than him right now. I am not trying to brag at all; the fact is that while he was in college prepping for the
"real-world", I was already there and now I have almost 5 years of experience under my belt, while he has about 1.
I do not see the need for me to get a degree to "prove" that I can accomplish something. I prove that by my work ethics and am most always the top
performer among my peers.
I love to learn, but I do not need to pay $40K+ to do so. My fiance has $400 - $600 monthly loans and hardly makes enough to pay them. I have no
loans, earn a whole lot more, and am much more experienced in the professional environment than him, though I do not have a degree.
So, no, I do not think you need a degree to be intelligent and successful.