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Worthless Degree Seminar
Maybe this will help you decide your path.
Lest anyone who does not actually listen to the video get the wrong idea, the point is that an overly narrow degree, particularly one in a "popular" major of recent vintage (like environmental science or African American studies) can severely limit a college graduate's job prospects. If you want to work for a non-profit some day, they won't hold it against you that you used to have a better-paying job in the private sector! It is far easier to go into foresic science with a double major in chemistry and biology than to find a job in a traditional laboratory with the more narrow degree, particularly if the traditional program is more rigorous.
I'm going to answer from this perspective: My FIL was a city photographer and and worked as deputy sheriff, back when you could get that job without a college degree. He was always well-employed, yet he always regretted that he did not finish his college degree. Another friend went to work out of high school, went into management, and had no need for college for personal advancement. He went back to school in the evenings and got his bachelor's degree, anyway. I think he's working on his MBA now. He feels it is very important for young people starting out to have a college degree, and wanted to put his money where his mouth is. Consider that his employer was willing to pay for this, and perhaps you see that employers don't consider college degrees in general to be worthless. The answer is not to avoid college when you're qualified for it.
The answer is to avoid majoring in a new and narrow field when you're willing to work in a much broader field, particularly if the more traditional field has a more rigorous program. For instance, if you want to work in environmental science, you can major in biology and English or you can major in geology or engineering, and you can have a greater variety of jobs to choose from, including the field you dream about. Dream specifically, but you need to be willing to work wide. Shoot high, but be willing to start at the bottom.
Absolutely, though, if college feels like a waste of time because you don't know what direction you want to go, then by all means move back in with your parents, get a job with someone reputable, strive to be an excellent employee, and save money with both hands. The one thing that college graduates often lack is a work history! For instance, people say they have an internship....but what kind of interns were they? Did they show up on time and put in a full days' work? Did they take "sick" days when the weather was nice? Did they work to make a real contribution, or did they look at their workplace as a classroom, meant to benefit them? The money will keep the college option open, but the work history and a letter of reference attesting to your excellent character as an employee is something that money cannot buy. Try to find yourself a job in a meritocracy, because those are the employers that can write you a letter of recommendation that counts.
According to a Census Bureau report from 2003, the average high school graduate will have lifetime earnings of $1.2 million, while the average college graduate’s lifetime earnings will be $2.1 million. When you have a family to support, that is a big difference. If you have the ability to go to college, however, keep the option of college open by saving money and perhaps going to a less-expensive community college to knock down required classes. The counselor at a community college can help you with this. Also, check with the registrar of major universities in your area to make certain that all credits from the community college are* transferrable*. Ask them what community colleges near you have the best academic reputations. You don't want to work (and pay) for credits that won't transfer. More to the point, you don't want to waste your time on a watered-down curriculum that will put you behind people who went to university.
Also, consider whether you want to establish residency in the a that has public universities with programs and reputations that are more to your liking. Public universities are some of the best in the world, and in-state students have to like the price tags much better. As the saying goes when building a house, "save a thousand here, save a thousand there, and pretty soon you're talking real money."