Going to college is not a requirement for success

Nicole Lee, J1 Reporter

With the crazy season of college applications coming around again you may stop and wonder if college is right for you, and what you want to do with your life. Though I, personally, have not gone through this experience yet, I have a little insight on it from my two sisters, and this is what I have come to believe.

Going to college is not always a requirement for your own success. To me, college is only necessary when the job you want actually depends on you going to college and getting a degree, and even, then some jobs don’t even require a college degree.

Now I’m not saying that if you want to be a doctor you don’t need to go to college, but what I am saying is that not all professions require or even need a degree to be successful in them.

Take my sister, for example, she graduated high school with her cosmetology license, and she went straight to work doing the things she loves and wants to do with her life. No college degree was required for her own success.

As for my other sister, she is going to go to college because the field of work she wants to be in requires some type of college degree.

I believe that your choice to go to college or not go to college is up to you, and what you want to do with your life. And just because you go to college does not mean you’ll be successful, and just because you don’t go to college does not mean you won’t be successful.

Some people will argue to go to college just in case and get a basic degree. I disagree. I believe that is just a waste of time and money on something that I maybe don’t even really want to do. When instead I could actually be doing something that interests me.

People will also argue that jobs will be slim and that people won’t hire you without a college degree, but statistics from “Finance Online” show that “82%” of employers favor grit and experience, and these are the type of things you don’t really learn in college.

Now there is a common misconception that college equals success, happiness, and money. I do not agree. I believe that the amount of success you have in life, or in a career, is up to you. You determine how successful you will be, with a college degree or not.

Just remember that when choosing to go to college or not that you make the best choice for your life and what’s best for what you want to do. The choice is yours.

So when the time comes around to decide if college is right for you and for what you want to do in life, just remember that going to college does not measure your success in life or in your career.