Most people today believe that college is a must—if not for the learning, as the hunting license for a decent job. So they don’t look too closely at what colleges provide vs. other post-secondary options, such as apprenticeships or the military.
Many respected entities have tried to warn students about college. For example, the cover story of the August 2016 issue of Consumer Reports was headlined, "I Kind of Ruined My Life by Going to College."
The Great College Degree Scam, in the prestigious Chronicle of Higher education’
reported that 60 percent of the increased number of college graduates
from 1992 to 2008 work on jobs require high school diploma.
In my private practice, I suggest that certain students would be wise
to at least defer college, but the college-is-a-must meme has been too
deeply implanted by high school counselors, the media, and the
“You earn a million dollars more! (A canard—see my article below.) Besides, what
would I tell my friends, that my child, who could have gotten into a
brand-name college isn’t going to college at all, or ‘just’ to a
Despite that, as we approach the May 1 deadline, the date most
colleges require prospective students to plunk down their commitment
money, I believe I should take a shot at giving you pause. I do that as my contribution today to PsychologyToday.com.