College or No College?

By | September 9, 2015

Alright so I’m 19 years old and I took the year off so I could figure out what I wanted to do with my life. I was sure that I wanted to go to college and pretty sure I wanted to go for Sports or Entertainment Reporting but I didn’t know where. After a full year of thinking about it and researching, I found a good school. It’s in a different state but even if I decide not to go there, I’ll still be moving to that general area anyway. But after thinking about it, I don’t know if thats what I want to do anymore. I have two other options that I’ve been thinking about but I can’t get a Bachelors Degree with either one of them and I really want to get one because I know that the stats show, you make more money and have more success that way.

Option A) Going to college and studying Journalism for a career in Reporting.
Pros: I get my degree
Cons: In order to have the job I want, I’d have to move to New York or LA. I’ve been doing a lot of thinking and what I want more than anything is to have a family and I don’t want to raise a family in either of those places.

Option B) Going to Cosmetology school to become a make-up artist
Pros: I love make-up so it’s a passion of mine. Shorter schooling.
Cons: No degree. It’s hard to make a lot of money.

Option C) Taking online classes for Wedding and Event Planning
Pros: It’s another one of my passions. Good money. Short and cheap schooling.
Cons: No degree. Don’t know if online classes stand up to the hype. If I don’t make it, I have no backup plan.

So I guess the problems are that I want to go to college because I want a degree BUT the things that I really want to do, you cant get degrees for in a high majority of colleges. I also am paying my entire way through college on my own so I guess money is an issue and the cheaper the better.

What do you guys think?

Is a degree really that worth it?
Edit: Theres no need to say that my options are worthless or poorly thought out. They’re my options because they are things that I love and would have a passion in doing. If you don’t love your career, you’ll be miserable and boy, do I feel sorry for you.

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6 thoughts on “College or No College?

  1. The Buddhist Convert

    Yes Education refines an individuals personality. Don’t get stuck with the wrong crowd.

  2. Yasshoo!

    Well, whatever you decide on, try to complete it before you start getting pregnant, or else it will become near impossible to do after your baby is born. College degrees are overrated. Although my employer seems to have a country club-ivy league-snobby attitude in only hiring 4-year grads.

  3. M

    To answer your questions:
    - Yes a degree is worth it.
    - In my personal experience, online classes are a waste of time; avoid them.
    - Journalism isn’t all its cracked up to be, unless its really your passion. And even then…

    They do have associates degrees is cosmetology and also degrees in event planning, if thats what you want to do. Not sure about the bachelors though. Don’t worry about the money, find something that you love. You can always marry a rich guy/girl =) lol just kidding.

  4. PE2008

    Amazing. All three of your options are worthless and poorly thought-out.

    You need to sit down with a counselor.

  5. marie321

    Seriously,you HAVE to go to college.Even entry level jobs in any of your options are getting hard to find for people without degrees because of the competition from those with degrees who want to branch out. In general,not getting a degree will handicap you not just salary-wise but in how you are perceived in the world (as dumber and lazier) .You may think you don’t care about these things now ,but,even if you are unsure about journalism school, better to be a college grad who chooses to do makeup or plan parties than have your clients and bosses think they are doing you a favor by hiring you.
    That being said ,perhaps the problem you are having is with your major.Why not take something more open and flexible like english literature which will hone your writing style and yet allows you to minor in lots of other studies like journalism,management or fine arts?(Also you can work on the school paper,help plan student activities, or be the drama club’s make-up artist to get hands-on experience in those branches: that will count a lot more than you think because it gets documented).
    Another thing to keep in mind is that going to college nowadays doesn’t have to mean studying on campus full-time,lots of reputable(state-accredited and funded) universities and colleges offer several of the same classes online as they do at their campus.That leaves you free to earn a bit more money and still study.
    And about not wanting to raise a family in New York or LA ,if you do a bit of research you’ll see that problems like pollution,gangs,drugs ,crime and poverty are becoming more and more prevalent in smaller cities,that are much less able to deal with them than a metropolis,so unlike in past decades, you are better off raising children in the big city than anywhere else.Hope my advice helps you.

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College or No College?

By | October 3, 2014

Alright so I’m 19 years old and I took the year off so I could figure out what I wanted to do with my life. I was sure that I wanted to go to college and pretty sure I wanted to go for Sports or Entertainment Reporting but I didn’t know where. After a full year of thinking about it and researching, I found a good school. It’s in a different state but even if I decide not to go there, I’ll still be moving to that general area anyway. But after thinking about it, I don’t know if thats what I want to do anymore. I have two other options that I’ve been thinking about but I can’t get a Bachelors Degree with either one of them and I really want to get one because I know that the stats show, you make more money and have more success that way.

Option A) Going to college and studying Journalism for a career in Reporting.
Pros: I get my degree
Cons: In order to have the job I want, I’d have to move to New York or LA. I’ve been doing a lot of thinking and what I want more than anything is to have a family and I don’t want to raise a family in either of those places.

Option B) Going to Cosmetology school to become a make-up artist
Pros: I love make-up so it’s a passion of mine. Shorter schooling.
Cons: No degree. It’s hard to make a lot of money.

Option C) Taking online classes for Wedding and Event Planning
Pros: It’s another one of my passions. Good money. Short and cheap schooling.
Cons: No degree. Don’t know if online classes stand up to the hype. If I don’t make it, I have no backup plan.

So I guess the problems are that I want to go to college because I want a degree BUT the things that I really want to do, you cant get degrees for in a high majority of colleges. I also am paying my entire way through college on my own so I guess money is an issue and the cheaper the better.

What do you guys think?

Is a degree really that worth it?
Edit: Theres no need to say that my options are worthless or poorly thought out. They’re my options because they are things that I love and would have a passion in doing. If you don’t love your career, you’ll be miserable and boy, do I feel sorry for you.

Download PDF

6 thoughts on “College or No College?

  1. The Buddhist Convert

    Yes Education refines an individuals personality. Don’t get stuck with the wrong crowd.

  2. Yasshoo!

    Well, whatever you decide on, try to complete it before you start getting pregnant, or else it will become near impossible to do after your baby is born. College degrees are overrated. Although my employer seems to have a country club-ivy league-snobby attitude in only hiring 4-year grads.

  3. M

    To answer your questions:
    - Yes a degree is worth it.
    - In my personal experience, online classes are a waste of time; avoid them.
    - Journalism isn’t all its cracked up to be, unless its really your passion. And even then…

    They do have associates degrees is cosmetology and also degrees in event planning, if thats what you want to do. Not sure about the bachelors though. Don’t worry about the money, find something that you love. You can always marry a rich guy/girl =) lol just kidding.

  4. PE2008

    Amazing. All three of your options are worthless and poorly thought-out.

    You need to sit down with a counselor.

  5. marie321

    Seriously,you HAVE to go to college.Even entry level jobs in any of your options are getting hard to find for people without degrees because of the competition from those with degrees who want to branch out. In general,not getting a degree will handicap you not just salary-wise but in how you are perceived in the world (as dumber and lazier) .You may think you don’t care about these things now ,but,even if you are unsure about journalism school, better to be a college grad who chooses to do makeup or plan parties than have your clients and bosses think they are doing you a favor by hiring you.
    That being said ,perhaps the problem you are having is with your major.Why not take something more open and flexible like english literature which will hone your writing style and yet allows you to minor in lots of other studies like journalism,management or fine arts?(Also you can work on the school paper,help plan student activities, or be the drama club’s make-up artist to get hands-on experience in those branches: that will count a lot more than you think because it gets documented).
    Another thing to keep in mind is that going to college nowadays doesn’t have to mean studying on campus full-time,lots of reputable(state-accredited and funded) universities and colleges offer several of the same classes online as they do at their campus.That leaves you free to earn a bit more money and still study.
    And about not wanting to raise a family in New York or LA ,if you do a bit of research you’ll see that problems like pollution,gangs,drugs ,crime and poverty are becoming more and more prevalent in smaller cities,that are much less able to deal with them than a metropolis,so unlike in past decades, you are better off raising children in the big city than anywhere else.Hope my advice helps you.

Comments are closed.