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my parents want me to go to college but i don't want to?

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I don't want to go to college, but my parents want me to. What should I do?
I'm a smart 17 year old, but I don't like school at all. I can get A's if I tried, but sadly that's not what I've done in the 3 years I've been at high school. I have many things I want to accomplish in life, and I'm a believer that God and his angels will guide me through life w/ whatever I do.

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asked Mar 16, 2017 in Education and Reference by Lukasz Laniecki

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I have kids your age, so excuse me if I take your parent's view on this discussion. You may choose to stop reading now after that revelation or you may choose to read on for a neutral view from a total stranger.

A few points on why you must study as much as you can afford to -

Direct and irrefutable co-relation between earning levels and level of college education attained. Statistically proven that the saying 'Padhoge, likhoge toh banoge Nawaab' is absolutely valid. More earning does not mean happiness - it means more options in life, be it what you do in your free time, what restaurants you eat, what you wear, where you live or how good a health-care you provide a loved one when they are seriously ill.
A successful life consists of doing stuff you hate doing, day-after-day and doing them well. The secret of success is all the stuff you absolutely hate. . . well you have to do them anyways. So whatever it is - waking up early, eating Karela, being polite to very nasty people, cleaning up your room, washing, ironing and wearing shirts Spotless White. The Armed Forces drill this into the cadets by making them do one thing everyone hates, as soon as they wake up - make your bed impeccably. There are sufficient articles by great and successful men on the efficacy of making the bed as soon as you wake up as a tool to remind you this.
So, if your parents can afford to spend on your education or you have access to an educational loan, study as high and as well as you can. Force yourself to put in one hour of study after your body says you can stay awake no more. (Ask me how!)

Despite being ahead of my peers in most things and a Masters, at the age of 40+ I still regret not having listened to my parents and studied harder. Remember that the age where you think your parents are 'stupid' lasts from 13 to 26 years. After 26 you become wise enough to realise they are far, far wiser than you.

So get off your derriere, shut the WiFi and study. When you are taking your loved ones to Europe for New Year's Eve in 2030, travelling First Class, you'll thank me for this post!
answered Mar 16, 2017 by Sujan Roy
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I really don't want to go college but my parents are forcing me?
So, I started college last week and I found out that this is not what I want to spend a year of my life on, I feel that I will just waste time, I told my parent that I don't want to go college and that I will find a job and do something that that I know I won't just waste time with. But my parent don't understand they keep telling me that I have to go college they keep shouting at me, I really don't know what to do how should I make them agree with me? I really don't want to go college, mainly because I just feel its not something for me but also I don't want to waste one year of my life doing something that I don't want to. Please help me, how should I make my parents agree with me not to go college?

Am 16 and I don't need college for what I want to do in future. Pls help
answered Mar 16, 2017 by Andrew
Are your parents wasting their own money or are you paying for it? If they want to pay for it. let them waste their money. You just might actually learn something interesting in one of your classes.

If you are paying for it, choose a school that teaches what you are interested in learning. Tell your parents they have no right to tell you how to waste your money. Contrary to what too many people believe, a college degree guarantees NOTHING. There are thousands of MBAs making a living saying, "You want fries with that?" and still having college loans to pay off. There are millions of people without any degree working at jobs they love and enjoy every day.

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