It’s been on my mind recently - is college worth it? I’m 1.5 years into my higher education, and I’m beginning to question its value. No doubt there are useful things to be learned here, and sure college opens you up to new and exciting things, but at 40k a year, it makes you wonder what kind of return on investment I should expect. When I applied, I wanted to major in finance, marketing, or entrepreneurship. Since then, I’ve decided I want to work only for myself. Part of my decision in going to my 40k/year name brand university was for the name brand, because I figured I’d be applying for jobs in competitive fields. Now that I’m certain I want to work for myself, that added value has faded to me a great deal. I feel like I’m wasting valuable time, and paying way too much for that time (granted I’m not actually paying anything…my mom is, but the fact that she complains about it all the time makes me feel like I’m paying for it). I know it sounds naive, but I really don’t care for formal education, as it is simply a means to an end for me (that end being wealth). As far as I see it there are lots of things you can learn outside of school that you can’t learn in it, but there aren’t many things you can learn in school that you can’t learn out of it.
I’m not considering dropping out, but I am considering a hiatus, and possibly a transfer. I don’t have any money, and financial independence is my first goal. So I’m thinking about taking some time off, and learning one market really well, and devoting myself to establishing a Rolodex and a sustainable income. I think I may even get more from my education, if I had real life applications to relate it to.
So my questions to you are: What’s your educational background and are you glad with the decision you made? Do you think college is worth the time and money, or would it be better spent on REI? Did any of you take time off of school to invest? Any other advice is always appreciated.