Yes, I do realize that college has the potential to increase the opportunities that our children have in their life, presuming that they do well, but college also has the potential to destroy their lives.
Even CUNY colleges are going to rack up about a $30,000 bill by your kid graduates….and college tuition is not a money back guarantee.
If your kid does not find a job in their chosen career, they will be in the same position as everyone who didn’t go to college is in…….having to find any source of work that will pay the bills.
The only difference would be that they had to invest at least $30,000 dollars to find this out.
Of course, if your child has been studious all their lives and has had the wear-with-all, dedication and motivation to manage to get great grades, great SAT scores and also manage to have participated in a lot of social activities in high school……college would be a great option – especially since they are most likely going to get some grants and scholarships supporting their decision.
But, if your kid struggles with their homework (like most kids do) and doesn’t seem to be interested in what they are going to do in the future (like most kids aren’t)…….pressuring them to go to college will probably backfire.
And….even if your kid is the best student ever…..don’t forget that they are only 18 years old with very little life experience and most likely they will change over the course of their lifetime…….and despite their good grades and motivation…..they may end up a little disappointed at their career choice down the line…..especially if their career choice was based on what makes the most money.
Not to mention that, as we all are keenly aware of, jobs are not so easy to come by……especially the ones that everyone wants.
Oh…and let’s not forget that doctors (unless they are at the top of their field) don’t get paid nearly what they deserve because health insurance accompanied by regulations have managed to decrease physicians’ incomes across the board and have made practicing medicine more costly.
What about business school you ask? Well, you have just increased the tuition you will have to pay by 100% (at the least) and competition has decreased your child’s chance of finding a job that is going to pay you back for your investment – or the loan they are going to have to sell their soul for.
Twenty years ago, we might have considered following your heart and doing something artistic as a career a pipe dream……
Nowadays, unfortunately, the pipe dream seems to be the dream of getting a job after college.
So…..unless your kid is getting paid to go to college – or they want to and have proven that they can handle the commitment…….investing a whole lot of money on a pipe dream doesn’t sound like something that we would want to encourage our kids to do.
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Life is full of controversy so here is a thought to live by:
If life isn’t fair, how can we motivate ourselves to live a purpose driven life?