I'm a senior in high school with no idea where I want to go to college. My parents have told me they can help very little, as I have 2 brothers and their expenses. I'm seriously scared because I don't want to be in debt for the rest of my life and the deadline is coming up.

I do find this topic interesting. The topic being what to do after primary school has been mastered.

Have you considered that needing to go into debt right as you enter the mainstream workforce is becoming the American way and that you don't necessarily have to do what everyone else does? Not knocking education per se, rather just wondering if you don't already have what it takes to succeed in life and move on now that you have become...uhm, are becoming an adult.

My dad tried to finish college but seemed to have ADHD and ended up in Vietnam instead. Made excellent money, brought home a six figure paycheck through the 80s and 90s and owned his own business for a long time. Smart guy, kind and thoughtful as anyone could be.

I barely attempted to contemplate college, had possibly a '0' GPA coming out of high school. Today I make six figures plus, usually higher up the corporate ladder rung than my highly pedigreed peers and moved from the lead and supervisor to manager and director. Vice President is next if I can negate the need for said pedigree within my organization.

I am of the mindset that this secondary education is not as necessary for every damn person around you as the media and others would have you believe. There is a large swath of people that try desperately to get into college or university on the notion that their neighbors are doing it, you can't get a a good job without it and there's nothing that beats the fraternization, relationships and memories one gains by buying your education. Just look at SAE in Oklahoma, imagine the knowledge those pricks were getting before they got booted from campus. With a good work ethic under their belt, a little humility and the basic need of food, water and shelter most of these people can be very happy and successful without stressing the debt.

For those of you that read this and don't have a higher education diploma. Do you work with others that clearly leeming'd into college, bought the degree but are lazy, otherwise unfocused, don't care for details and can't think analytically about problem solving?

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