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Is College Worth It?

Hacking-Your-EducationCollege costs a lot. Students are getting in deep with debt and can’t pay off their loans once they get out of school.

Notable drop-outs like Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerburg make you wonder, is college still worth it in today’s job market?

Author Dale Stephens thinks not. He quit school because it wasn’t working for him. He decided to hack his education and is now a proponent for self-education.

In his book,  Hacking Your Education: Ditch the Lectures, Save Tens of Thousands, and Learn More Than Your Peers Ever Will,  he points out legitimate ways to get the skills required in today’s job markets. Self-educating is all about finding mentors, building your network, and finding the content you need to accomplish what you want.

Pretty intriguing!  I’m a little old-fashioned when it comes to college. I was never naturally smart. But going to college taught me how to learn. I guess I could have Googled the term “rhetoric” and read everything on the internet about it instead of getting a Master’s Degree in it, but I’m not so sure. The interactions with and evaluations by professors in the unique setting that is academia—for better or for worse—taught me how to think.

Maybe there is something to this model. And if my kids don’t get into their schools of choice OR their safety schools in a few years, I may have to come around to Dale Stephen’s way of thinking. I definitely embrace his way of thinking about being curious and learning as a lifestyle during college and beyond.

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