College is not necessarily the answer to a successful life, if it ever was.
While it still feels strange to hear this coming from me, I firmly believe that going to college right after high school (if at all) is not the best option for everyone. It wasn’t for me, it wasn’t for my son, and it isn’t for many other people.
Today’s young people need to look up from their cell phones, scan their horizon, do their own research, and review their options. There are vastly more life paths out there than they realize. They just need to stop following the herd and think for themselves.
On a similar note, isn’t it ironic that at this time of such great technological advancement, when there are more non-college options than ever before, many politicians want to make college free for everyone? At just the exact time in history that a college education is not necessary for success, that’s when the government wants to get involved by insisting that everyone needs it. Just when a college education is proving not to be the end-all, be-all answer to young people’s lives, that’s when the government insists that it is the answer. Ponder that for a moment.
“Why should we be in such desperate haste to succeed and in such desperate enterprises? If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away.”
~ Henry David Thoreau