College is a scam. An educative, chaotic, and incredibly expensive scam. Albeit, a necessary scam at that.
Don't get me wrong, I am grateful for the expensive education that I was fortunate enough to receive, but that doesn't mean that everything is perfect. However, I wholeheartedly believe that college isn't for everyone, and that is perfectly okay. If I didn't have to, I wouldn't want to waste 4+ years spending thousands and thousands of dollars for one piece of paper.
For those of you who are in the same boat as me, slowly drowning, I know you understand where I'm coming from.
1. Random fees.
$20 here, $5 there... It's all fun and games until somehow these seemingly innocent fees end up costing you $200.
2. Buying *required* textbooks that you end up never using.
Don't you love paying about $200 worth of textbooks only to never use them?
3. Paying $600+ for a course where you end up teaching yourself.
But... isn't that the teacher's job?
4. Most college graduates don't even find a post-grad job related to their major.
According to the Washington Post, only about 27% of college graduates have a job related to their major.
Fun fact: I will not be one of them.
5. Unpaid internships... where you pay to intern.
In all honestly, I did an unpaid internship and the experience was definitely one many would never get. However, I paid over $3000 for a 15 credit internship just to work for free. I'm taking Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (sometimes earlier, sometimes later) for two months.
6. Over half of the college population end up graduating in debt.
Please enjoy these statistics, provided by Student Loan Hero.
About 69% of college graduates end up graduating with an average debt of $29,800.
About 44.7 million Americans are dealing with student loan debt.
About $1.56 trillion in student loan debt within the United States.
7. People who tell you that you aren't an "adult" unless you go to college are lying to you.
I have many friends who spend all their time partying. Going to college doesn't make you an "adult," you'd be surprised how many people spend all this money just to not care.