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3 Reasons Going to Work Is Better Than Going to College

1.) You get to earn income without having to deal with being in debt because of college.
This was probably the main reason I chose to work instead of going to college. I hated the thought of going in my twenties in a tens of thousands in debt. In fact, with a father that’s an accountant who has always taught me that saving money is the best policy, I feel like it was ingrained in me: Save, save, save. (not to say he didn’t want me to go to college.)

2.) You can do things because you have money saved.
This includes traveling to different places, buying things without having to think about it (within reason), and maybe going to events you wouldn’t normally get to go to. I get asked a lot how I can go to Disney World/Land with my friends without having to think about it. (Well, first off, I just love Disney, but that’s beside the point.) I go because I have the money since I work a full and part-time job, and I feel like it’s okay to spend money on traveling every now and then. Going straight to working a full (or part-time) job makes that plausible.

3.) You won’t switch your major because you don’t know what you want to do with your life.
Another big reason I decided not to go to college was that I didn’t know what I wanted to do with the rest of my life. Why “waste” money on a degree when I didn’t even know what I wanted to do? I’d have changed my major a bunch of times and ended up even FURTHER in debt. With going straight into the work force, I was able to try a couple different jobs without many repercussions because it wasn’t costing me money.

I have since found my job at as a receptionist/aide at a physical therapy clinic and love every second of it. 

Find what you love to do – and do that.

3 Reasons Going to College Is Better than Going to Work

1.) If you do not know what you want to do with your life, you might need a degree.
If you’re wanting to be a teacher, or a nurse, or a therapist, you’re going to need to get a degree. So, therefore, you have no choice but to go to college. Look into which colleges offer the best scholarships and aide, and then go from there. Also, make sure you check into back end costs such as dorms and food. This is always something that you want to know about before you decide what college you want to go for.

2.) You’ll meet a whole new group of friends.
This is probably one of the reasons I hesitated about not going to college. I’m an overly friendly person and I know I would have had a decent-sized group of friends had I gone to college. Especially if they were in like-minded groups, going for the same degree, and we could study together. I know a lot of my friends who went to college made great friendships – lasting ones – while in college.

3.) Higher education is a GOOD thing.
As I watch my sister plunking away at college courses, I’m amazed (even in the few days) at what she’s learning and what she’s expected to learn. College is not for the faint of heart, or for someone who doesn’t take things seriously. Schooling is hard work, and you have to take it seriously. You’ll be amazed what you can learn from your college professors. They do know what they’re talking about (most of the time!).

That being said, this is a decision that everyone has to make for themselves – not something that anyone else can make for you. You need to decide what’s best for you – what career you see yourself in as an adult – and for the rest of your life.
Talk it over with someone you trust, and decide from there. Advice is always a good thing, but don’t let anyone pressure you into doing something.

And if you’re unsure of exactly what you want to go to college for, I suggest taking a year or two off, working at part-time or full-time job, and figuring it out by researching the things you’re interested in.

Don’t try to rush into anything because you might regret it later.

You’ve got this.

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