Is college a scam? Do you need a degree to succeed in life?

There are stories about many successful people not making past high school. How about that? Should people go to college?

22 Answers

  • 2 weeks ago

    I did not finish college, only  one year, but was strongly motivated to succeed 

    Started businesses, and took advantage of opportunities, made me financially successful and personally satisfied 

  • Anonymous
    2 weeks ago

    There's no longer a simple answer to that which applies to everyone. It depends on what type of person you are, your lifestyle and career goals. If you are young and have no clearly defined direction, you should enroll in a really old rural college and round out your education and social contacts and set yourself on a higher social rung for the rest of your life. If you are middle aged then go to either an urban campus while living in your own home off campus or else complete a degree on line. If you are highly focused on a very specific career path to be a musician or physicist or something you probably already have advisors and mentors and know what the top schools are. MOST people nowadays should make money, make themselves rich, and buy some sort of degree or diploma for the classiness of it later, because so many people now have on line degrees that the period when you really learned to speak well or got social prestige from attending college with others is already a moot point with people who still retain their blue collar voices and mannerisms and got perfectly legitimate qualifications on line without ever being on a campus or meeting a single soul. Get rich and buy a degree when you have a wall nice enough to hang one on. If you want to speak well and dress and walk nicely you can learn that sort of thing independently. Trump, who is a billionaire, and comes from Great Wealth, does not sound classy;whereas, some librarians and people working in book stores do. Watch some old movies from the Thirties and you can pick up on social distinctions pretty well. The Old Society types who dominated the United States ninety years ago, are now outnumbered by wealthy immigrants from Arabia and India, China and South America, and even drug cartel money and mobsters who have millions and billions of dollars and no couth or class at ALL in the terms of old White Society. Often, very often, the descendants of the Daughters of the American Revolution and United Daughters of the Confederacy speak better and have better manners than the rich Arabs but they may be flipping hamburgers or glad to be working a cleaner job like a bookstore and sometimes they're broke and out of work because of Covid. Consider whether you want class or riches. You have to know yourself to make this determination.

    Source(s): Lee Juniors, C of C; Falls Church, CAR; St Park and Pray and molested in the Deep Run Hunt Club
  • 3 weeks ago

    In the olden days, people went to college to get an education, which wasn't necessarily the same thing as preparing for a specific career.  I don't think you need to worry about that.

  • garry
    Lv 4
    3 weeks ago

    a degree doesnt mean a job , just better chances at getting a job , here in australia , half of the millionaires didnt even finish high school , proves you dont need a degree to be rich , just a degree can make it easier .you just need luck and hardwork .

    old saying 90% bruan and 10 % brains . college has out dated information anyway , teachers been there for 20 years , how about the real world .

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  • 3 weeks ago

    While College isn't absolutely a necessity for success, it can help a great deal. In the end, success requires a good education (degree or no) a good idea, and tenacity. A college degree provides mobility. Right or wrong, it's a document which the holder can take anywhere and state the holder knows how to do X function. That's all it is. People tend to undermine this advantage by loading themselves up with immobile debts.

  • 3 weeks ago

    College is the most potent variable you have any control over to improve your salary, job satisfaction, and general skills.  

    Bill Gates was the son of a millionaire lawyer and the director of several organizations and was given hundreds of thousands of dollars to start Microsoft.  I would have dropped out too if I had a lucrative career handed to me like that.

    Steve Jobs basically rode the coat tails of Steve Wozniak, who created the Apple I.  Woz got his degree from UC Berkeley.  Helps to be friends with talented people.

  • fcas80
    Lv 7
    3 weeks ago

    There are no guarantees on how to succeed in life.  Yes, many successful people do not attend college.  But many unsuccessful people do not attend college.  Is it worth the risk not to attend?  However, major in something marketable.

  • edward
    Lv 7
    3 weeks ago

    Not everybody can be a celebrity or invent Facebook

  • drip
    Lv 7
    3 weeks ago

    You need to learn what scam means.

    Universities never promise a student a job. They do not promise the student will make money. They do not promise the student will have a successful career.

    They promise an education and they give the students an education. 

    No college is not a scam.

  • 3 weeks ago

    A degree does not guarantee a good job and likewise people without a degree have very often became millionaires. What the degree is in matters too. There is no point in majoring in media studies or art.

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