So today at work I was having a discussion with a co-worker. We both work in a factory and were talking about our plans for the next few years. He intends to continue working at the factory as long as he possibly can because in a few years he will be earning $15 - $18/hr and even more with weekly mandatory overtime (6 - 7 days depending on production schedule) I on the other hand am just using the job as a stepping stone to get back into state college while I save money by going to a CC. He insisted that college does nothing for you, and in this economy I'll never get a job with my degree anyway. He respected me for the fact that I have hopes and dreams, but still called me stupid for "blowing" my money on education. I really feel that this is a common opinion of many kids graduating high school today. Unskilled labor has nowhere to go but down in pay, benefits, and availability. Now many of you may argue that college is a waste of time and only for partying or what have you, but have you even been to college? If you went did you put into it what you expected to get out of it? You only get from education the effort that you put into it. Skilled professionals are in high demand even now. Engineers, Computer Scientists....these types of positions are going unfilled because of this mindset. Businesses are currently even calling on congress to allow more worker visas for immigrants to come over and fill these jobs because we aren't filling them. The other negative of college education is the high cost. I wasn't born into a family that had any real money. In 18 years my parents had set aside less than $10,000 for my education. I used this my freshman year "poof" gone. After this next semester I'll be in debt about $12,000. Does this concern me? Not really, I have just a little less than that in savings currently. Which I earned by working two full time jobs. I feel that laziness is often the excuse for not going, and lack of motivation is another. I'm a double major in Business Management, and Computer Science. I'm considering minoring in a foreign language, but I'm not quite sure what language is most relevant to my goals. My intention is to hopefully in the next 10 years create my own software firm. I assume that will change to another type of business, but will still be based around my CS degree. I guess I ranted a little, but fuck people. Get some goals in your life, don't sit around smokin bud all day long. I don't want to be "rich", but I want a comfortable lifestyle and to contribute to mankind in some small way. Not sit on my ass and collect welfare benefits because I only have ma G.E.D., and sell weed for an income.