The College Lie
Universities are what’s destroying America’s youth. Colleges are a business, and they’ve effectively drilled the notion into our youth that knowledge and an opportunity at a high-paying job must be bought for $100k+. Parents who’ve never been to college see their friends go to college and make big bucks. So, they send their kids to college without paying for it and hoping that their kids could make big bucks like their college-educated peers. However, colleges should be for intellectuals. An idiot with a degree is still an idiot. The difference is that that idiot is now drowning in debt for a piece of paper that nobody cares about.
That’s why I chose a public university over the Ivy League schools, even though I had near-perfect SAT scores and high school grades. It was a public school with a great CS & CE program. I got a degree for a cheap price, because I knew early on that your knowledge is limited by your own ambitions and not limited by your choice of college. Maybe for graduate school it’d make a difference as to which college you go to. But I remember that my public school was “borrowing” labs and exams from MIT’s open course curriculum. So I was basically getting an MIT education for a fraction of the price.
What the parents don’t realize is that their college-educated peers are making big bucks because they are smart. It’s not because they have degrees. I’ve seen many idiots go to college just to take an easy major, party, and have fun. And now they’re unemployed (or at a low-paying job) and asking why the “American Dream” is dead. It’s not dead at all. I am living proof that it still exists. It’s just that you have to be smart, motivated, and really work at it. Not everyone can be a millionaire. That’s just life. Your parents were either disingenuous or delusional when they told you that you could be anything that you wanted. It’s time to face reality and just accept the low-paying job. No job is too beneath anyone.