Are you contemplating spending at least four years of your life going to college? While this is by no means an exhaustive list. It concisely goes over the six reasons why college is a waste of time.


6 Reasons Why College Is A Waste Of Time



Go Into Debt


The worst thing that you can do is to get into debt. Unfortunately, the higher education system legitimizes debt through false promises to students. The educational, industrial complex says that if you pay your tuition and get your degree from us, you will make more money than if you didn’t attend college.


According to the Education Data Initiative, below are the average amount that students borrowed in 2022:

  • The average federal student loan is $37,667.
  • In one year, 31.8% of students borrow money to pay for college.
  • The average student borrows more than $30,000 to attend school.


Going into debt is the worst financial decision anyone can make. Going into debt for an overpriced worthless piece of paper for a degree that does not benefit you is foolish. You are stupid if you do this. Hopefully, you will learn the hard way if you decide to go this route.


Don’t Learn Any Hard Skills


Most of what college teaches are soft skills and book knowledge, not hard skills. Hard skills are what you must learn for an employer to hire you. Soft skills are excellent, but you don’t need them to complete a job successfully. Colleges overemphasize soft skills with group work.


Classes misrepresent what is required for a job by having students practice in hypothetical labs that the university controls. Hint: these labs are nothing like the real thing.


Hard skills are the skills that employers care about: plumbing, woodworking, sales, coding, data management, website design, fixing a car, or running a profitable business. College does not teach you those skills. At least not enough students are going to college to learn STEM because it is difficult. Those are the skills employers care about, not basket weaving or gender studies. It would help if you knew those jobs on the job.


Waste Time Partying


Our culture portrays college, and some parents legitimatize partying in college. While having a good time in life is good, always partying, drinking, and hooking up with people does not encourage a healthy culture. It also does not instill good values in the next generation. You can spend your time how you want and do what you want. That is fine, but that is different from what has become culturally acceptable for students to behave in college.


This is why we now have terms like hoe phase, which applies to men and women. Our culture approves and encourages this behavior.


Teach People To Give Up Self-Responsibility


Colleges teach people to give up self-responsibility at a young age. Universities teach students to respect “experts” who spent too many years living in the fantasy world of academia instead of in the real practical world of life. People in their late teens and twenties should not be taught to respect “experts” or “authorities,” They should be encouraged to question authorities. Young people need to learn to think for themselves instead of regurgitating answers to please a professor.


The higher education system is one reason we are where we are today as a society. People have become afraid of responsibility because they didn’t have to practice self-responsibility in college. They only had to go to class. Pass a test. Suck up to a professor.


Learn From Professors


Professors are the last people you want to learn from. Professors think that because they have a Ph.D., are tenured at a university, and write papers for academic journals. They are the best things to walk the earth. It’s the opposite. Professors are the most boring people. They were only good at passing tests. Professors were superb at telling their professors what they wanted to hear on those tests to get high marks.


Academics contribute the least to society. That is why you don’t want to learn from academics. Professors only will tell you to read some books in college. They will then go over the concepts you need to know to pass your exams. Professors don’t teach you hard skills. The only reason professors have a job is that they never left the world of academia.


The reality is that most professors probably wouldn’t make it in the private sector, hence why they are teaching students at a university. That is a red flag that professors are not the people you want to learn from.


Delay Making Money


Ultimately, you are delaying making money because you believe the marketing that colleges tell you that you will make more money with a college degree compared to without a degree. The Education Data Initiative writes, “Considering student loan interest and loss of income, the ultimate cost of a bachelor’s degree can exceed $500,000.”


You want to make money as soon as possible. There are lots of creative ways to make money today with the Internet. You don’t need a college degree for that. You don’t need an overpriced piece of paper to do most things.




There are many different ways that you can learn today. You don’t need to attend a legacy higher education system for that. You may even be able to find something that pays you sooner. That way, you don’t lose out on making an income while in college.

Views expressed in this article are the author’s opinions and do not necessarily reflect the views of Secure Single. It is intended for informational and educational purposes only. It is not investment or financial advice. James Bollen is the author of Thriving Solo: How to Flourish and Live Your Perfect Life (Without A Soulmate). Now available in paperback and for the Kindle on Amazon. Subscribe to Secure Single’s Substack for free!
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James Bollen is the Founder and President of Secure Single. He is an entrepreneur and a content creator with the goal of helping all different types of singles to learn to thrive as a single person.
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