Is College Worth the Cost?

I am currently working on my third college degree. I am someone who loves education and sees a lot of importance in getting a good education. When I’m done, I’ll have a Master’s in Ministry in Youth Ministry. I already have a Bachelor’s in Sociology and a Master’s in Communication Studies.

I work with teenagers on a regular basis, which I believe I’ve shared on here before. One of the things that I talk to students about most often is their futures. They go to me about college and jobs and what should they do with their future. Of course, I’m still in the process of figuring that out for myself. But, I’ve gotten to a point where I say to them “Hey, you know what, maybe you don’t need to go to college right away.” Some people may be shocked, but in today’s economic climate? It may not be a horrible idea.

Like I said, my bachelor’s degree is in sociology. Now yes, I learned a lot of valuable things during my time in the major, but I got out of school and could only get a job in either social work (which, if I wanted to do social work, guess what, I would have majored in it!) or fast food. Talk about miserable. So, I went back to school and got a degree in journalism. Do I wish I’d just gotten my bachelor’s in it? Kind of, but now that I have a Master’s, I’ve found it to be worth it.

Here are three questions that you should ask yourself if you’re even on the fence about going to college:

  1. Do I know what I want to do?
  2. If the answer to that first question is yes, does what I want to do even require a degree?
  3. Can I really afford to go now?

That’s really what it comes down to. College has become a “rite of passage” into adulthood in American culture. So much so, in fact, that psychologists have pushed adolescence as far as age 25, calling 20-25 “late adolescence.” But, that’s not how it has to be. I know plenty of people who are successful in life who never went to college.

Now, I’m also not saying that you can’t go to college. I’m a huge advocate for education, to the point that it’s almost absurd. I used to be the type of person who told everyone that they should go to college. Since the downturn in the economy and my own experiences struggling to get by with a bachelor’s degree that didn’t do much for me until I got my Master’s, I’ve toned that down a lot. An education is a great thing, but if it’s going to hurt you financially more than help you, maybe you should reconsider your options.

What do you think? Do you necessarily need a college degree in order to succeed in today’s world? Share some thoughts in the comments, have a great week, and we’ll see you here next Tuesday!

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