From the time that I was born (literally) until the time that I graduated from High School in Cairo, Egypt, my parents impressed upon me the need and importance of a College education; and, there was no doubts in our family that me and my brother and sister were going to college.
Every summer, our family vacation took us to different parts of the United States, so that we could learn something new about our Country. Also, during the summer, my mother would post a word on the refrigerator and we would have until dinner (promptly at 6:30pm) to know how to use that word in a sentence, pronounce and spell that word; consequences, would be more chores around the house, which by the way, had to be accomplished daily. When we “made our beds” in the morning before school, we had to use “hospital corners.” Discipline was the foundation of our family education.
It is true that some of us can make millions as a professional athlete or musician or actor but those individuals are few and far between when compared to the entire working population. It is also true that there are some people, like Bill Gates, who can make millions and billions without a College education, but again, those people are few and far between. And, what is not depicted in these alternative venues is the fact that if something happens, these people do not have a College education on which to fall back upon.
It is true that you can breeze through your entire College education receiving “A’s” and “B’s” from your memorizing, but if you did not retain your knowledge then you are less valuable to business and industry than those who did retain their knowledge. It is also true that some professors will not transfer much knowledge to you for one reason or another, but that does not mean the class is “easy;” it means that you “step up” and teach yourself what you need to know by doing research or by asking questions in class. You should be an active participant in your College education, not passive.
It is also true that a College education open doors for you and not just in your major or field of study, but management positions in general because of your 4+ years of education. It is also true that with a College education, you step into the ranks of a special few as perceived by society because they admire your discipline and determination and ultimate leadership, even though these people may not come up to you and tell you so.
Regardless of what you read about the negative side of a college education, the fact remains that once you have a College education, you will never be the same.