By: Wazobia Times Staff
You have been told repeatedly that you have to go to college to be successful. All through the high school years you file into every college fair and you write the best application essay. You get into the school of your choice; one year in and then you decide “this is not for me”. Now what?
You can still hear your parents tell you that college is the only way to be successful, but are they right?
According to The College Dropout Hall of Fame, of the top 400 richest Americans in 2011, 27 graduated from high school but did not attend college. Another 36 were college dropouts.
If you make the choice to leave school you will be in good company.
- Michael Dell, Dell founder, dropped out at 19
- Steve Jobs, Apple founder, dropped out at 19
- Bill Gates, Microsoft founder, dropped out at 20
- Evan Williams, Twitter co-founder, dropped out at 20
- Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook founder, dropped out at 20
- Jan Koum, WhatsApp founder, dropped out at 21
But, before you decide that college is a waste of your time, you have to look at the other side as well. Based on data collected by the Pew Research Center those ages 25 to 32, median annual earnings for full-time working college-degree holders are $17,500 greater than for those with high school diplomas only.
For the number of people that dropped out of college and still managed to be successful, there is an equal number that finished college that are also successful.
- U.S. President Barack Obama, J.D. from Harvard in 1991
- Warren Buffett, Master of Science in Economics from Columbia in 1951
- Oprah Winfrey, Speech Communications and Performing Arts from Tennessee State University in 1973
- Steven Spielberg, Film and Electronic Arts from California State University at Long Beach in 2002
- Michael Jordan, Cultural Geography from University of North Carolina in 1986
Only you can make the decision if college is right for you. Keep in mind that success is not measured by the degree that hangs on your wall; it is determined by your level of perseverance and tenacity.
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