For those of you like myself who have come of age in the past ten years you probably remember being pushed towards attending a college after highschool.  This may or may not have been something that led you toward later success. For those of you that are coming of age as of this article, I speak directly to you.

The ideal American life is often generalized into a fairly standard picture; a white picket fence, a loving wife and kids, and the family dog.  This is all well and desirable for most people.  In fact, most people would agree that this is the ideal life.  This being said, how does one get such a life?  The answer most people will give you is to attend a university, get a degree, and go on to live a successful life.  I am here to tell you however, that college is not a magic ticket to a happy life.

First and foremost, I urge all readers thinking of attending college to take a deep breath and think, "Do I really know what I want to pursue as a career? "  If the answer is yes than read no further, my words will only hamper your chances of success. The majority of people however, will answer no.  Can spending thousands of dollars a year really be justified by a piece of paper certifying that you are competent in a particular area of study?

The first problem with attending college is also what most people think when they even hear mention of high education, money.  College costs are rising annually while job opportunities are diminishing.  The high influx of students now attending colleges has made a degree worth far less than it was only ten years ago.  Upon graduation many people find themselves faced with overwhelming debt and no job counterbalance it.  The nine a.m. finance class you took freshman year is not going to save you in this situation.

The second, and potentially the largest problem with attending college, is the lack of knowledge gained throughout a person's time there.  Speaking from experience, college courses taken to "experiment" in different fields typically yield no useful knowledge that is applicable in a real life job setting.  The saying "C's get degrees" is actually quite accurate.  Speaking again from experience, a student can attend no classes and still manage A's in his or her classes.  Unless you can plan out your major, and classes, for the next four years upon entering the institution of higher learning you chose, your discussions of theory in different classes will do no better to prepare you for life after college than a job at McDonald's.

Many of you at this point may think I sound cynical, but the fact of the matter remains, do not waste your time and money going to college to discover what you would like as a career.  All you will discover is how easy it is to waste away thousands upon thousands of dollars.