Is going to college really a scam? I was listening to art bell the other night and he had a guess on talking about how going to college is a scam. And before this just a few days earlier I watched a video on youtube called college conspiracy saying the same thing. And just tonight I watched nightline with the creator of paypal (who has advanced degree in law) who says college is a scam. So what is it, a scam or a good investment? I’m starting to think maybe it is a scam, but I have some logical explanations for why it is worthwhile in my opinion.
Yes it is true that it appears everyone is getting a college degree. After some research today the best degree to get is one that is specific to a real job. That is a degree in business, psychology or sociology is not a for sure thing anymore. However a degree in nursing, electronics (techs for intel, solar world or Triquent) are in high demand. I may go to Oregon Institute of Technology here In Portland Oregon. This college has some very specific degrees that pay well. $40k-80k starting is some of the starting salaries with 80% and higher hiring after graduation. I’m personally taking classes at Portland Community College and leaning towards transferring to OIT. Some jobs require bachelors while others will even accept just experience. But how does one get their foot in the door with a degree.
Going to college is more than just getting a degree. What one learns is really mind boggling. Some things one learns seem out of this world, but than some things after learning more become believable. For instance this post discussing that getting a college degree possibly is a big scam. Most people have grown up hearing going to college is the only way to make good money. So why now is it being talked about as a scam. Because everyone has a college degree and now degrees have become so undervalued is one reason. Another reason is high paying jobs are so hard to find right now. Too many people and not enough jobs is the norm. Over population is another reason. Here in Portland we now have huge traffic jams that did not exist just 10 years ago. My theory is many BASTARD Californians have moved here “Thinking” the jobs are in Oregon. Get the hell out. So back to college and ideas that are generated. One learns the subject, but also ideas start to develop. One learns what they want to do with their lives. It’s called finding yourself. And I believe the mind really starts to build more neurons and one believes they can make the world a better place. What I find crazy is the professors are so brilliant, but why are they not doing something that will change the world? It’s as if they are smart, but on the other hand not that smart. One example from my psychology class we learned about Abraham Maslow and his hierarchy of needs theory. When one sees how this works it makes living really exciting. Now one just needs to find what really gets them going and apply that to the world.
I do believe that if one takes a huge amount of debt just to get a degree than perhaps they fell into a financial trap. This is like buying a house or car and stuck making the payments. It’s a way for the capitalist to control you and make you a slave for life. I never have liked working a job with a boss. Even as a child I wanted to be an entrepreneur. I was smart then and getting really smart now. Is it really worth sitting in traffic to work and then on the way home just to make house payments, pay bills, have kids and spend most your time working not enjoying life. But most everyone in America works in the rat race. Living in a third world country almost seems appetizing to me. Who really cares about buying high tech gadgets, boats, ATV’s, vacations, material items? Most of the time you have no time to use them. If you really think about it happiness does not come from buying items and playing with them. Or escaping the job you hate by going on a vacation when you have to go back to work anyways.
All this talk about college being a scam is one if you want it to be. Yes college is expensive now, but what do want to do for a job. Flip burgers? Me personally I’m going to make some cash, invest and try and avoid the rat race. I will not fall into the trap like most everyone else who goes in huge debt.