When I was in school, there was no alternative presented to going to college. You went to college ( in the UK you call it University) or your life was
destined to be crap.
I was smarter than your average teenager and my parents were old school hippies and they actually advised me to skip College. Best decision I ever
I am 38 years old and have no debt. No student loans, no mortgage. In society ( my peers) I am considered to be a "loser". I work with college
grads, in the same department, doing the same job, for similar pay ( which is above the national average for the UK). They all have debts, children,
credit cards, houses owned by banks, and rapidly shrinking pensions, but...they are "successful" middle class...Pfft. I have freedom. To me, it is
I chose a different path. I went to work, straight out of high school. Oh sure, I did my share of crappy jobs.
It's over 20 years, and I find myself in the same place as university graduates. No significant difference in pay, but a significant difference in
Student loans prepare you for a life time of debt. Once you own 10s of thousands for your degree, credit cards, mortgages ect; don't seem so bad.
For a small monthly payment you too can have the American dream.
In my perfect world, University/college would be free for people who are going into the HIGH Sciences.
Pretty much everything else can be taught in vocational school or learned on the job.
University/college isn't for everyone but, there is a whole industry out there to convince our young people that it is the only way.
The world needs plumbers too, there is no shame in that.