Why I Dropped Out Of College

Why I Dropped Out Of College

September 23, 2019 100 By Ronny Jaskolski


Improvement Pill here, welcome to the Question
and Animation series – where I answer your questions with fancy shmancy animations. If you want your question to be featured in
our next episode all you have to do is comment down below. Today we have a question from Anil who asks
“Is college worth it in 2019?” Ah, I actually have very strong feelings about
this topic – See growing up, my entire life revolved around academics and doing well in
school. My parents – were immigrants – and valued
education above all else. They truly believed that if I got good grades,
if I could get into good schools, that I would be able to live a significantly more successful
and comfortable life than they ever could. I remember being sent to prep school on the
weekends when I was still in elementary school just so I could prepare for a special exam
that would eventually get me into a specialized middle school. One that only had about 60 students per grade. Once I was there, I was sent to even more
prep school so I could get into one of the top specialized high schools in New York City. Which I barely managed to pull off. And once I had accomplished that, the process
repeated itself one last time, and I was pressured to study my way into one of the top universities
in the country. Now throughout this entire process I never
really questioned this belief my parents, my peers, and society drilled into me. Everyone around me said that this was the
best path to go down so I just assumed it was true. But when I got to college – I finally had
time to actually think this through. For the first time in my life I was away from
my family. Away from my parents constantly berating me
to study hard and get good grades. For the first time in my life I actually had
some quiet time to myself – Where I could actually think about what was
going to happen AFTER college. See the thing about college is that there
is no clear next step. It’s not like middle school or high school
where you know exactly what to do next. Which is essentially to move to the next level
of education. After college – it’s really up to you and
what you want from life. So I sat down and thought about my life. And I realized that the only reason I was
attending college was because it was supposed to secure my financial future. In theory going to college was going to guarantee
me a job. A job that pays well. That’s why my parents pushed me so hard when
I was younger right? But when I did my research, I realized that
this was far from the truth. A survey conducted in 2015 asked a large group
of kids who were about to graduate, how much money they thought they were going to earn
75% of them said, that they were definitely going to make more than 30,000$ a year right
out of college with the most common answer being about 60,000$. But when you look at the graduating class
2 years prior. People who already graduated for 2 whole years
– the sad truth starts to seep in. More than 56% of college graduates make less
than 30,000$ right after college. Only 15% of all college graduates will make
more than 50,000$, 2 years after college. My next thought was well ok. Maybe the pay isn’t that great. But at least I’m guaranteed a job right? The media will often say things like – college
degree graduates only have an unemployment rate of about 2%. And what they’re referring to is actually
this chart right here. They’ll say look – the moment you get that
degree, your chances of getting a job doubles. But if you look closely. What does it say at the bottom? Data for persons age 25 and over. Which means #1 they aren’t considering all
the college graduates from the age of 21-24. So if you just graduated and can’t find a
full time job for 3 years you’re not even included in this data. And #2 they’re considering EVERYONE over 25,
so of course if you’re 40 years old you probably have a job cause you had 20 years to find
one. This graph doesn’t give you an accurate assessment
about what having a college degree means right out of college! Right now in 2019. I did some more digging and found a graph
that is a far better representation. A study conducted by Rutgers University found
that only 51% of recent college graduates have full time jobs. Are you kidding me? That’s like investing 4 years of your life
and then flipping a coin to see if you get a full time job. And to make things even worse, out of this
surprisingly low % of college graduates who have full time jobs 50% of them are underemployed
– meaning that they are working in jobs that don’t even require a college degree. Like being a barista at Starbucks, flipping
burgers at McDonalds, or being a secretary in an office. So that means only about 25% of people who
graduate from college get a full time job that actually required that degree to begin
with. Only 1 in 4 people. Think about that for a second. You’re investing 4 years of your life, taking
out tens of thousands of dollars in loans just so you have a 1 in 4 chance of actually
getting a job that needed that degree to begin with. And even if you’re lucky enough to get that
job – chances are you’re not going be to making much. When I discovered all of this, I came to a
conclusion. See I did learn one thing from all my years
in prep school and attending the top schools in the city. I learned how to look at data and make educated
conclusions. College from a logical standpoint, from just
looking at the numbers – does not make any sense. It may have made sense in the past, but as
it currently stands – there’s no point in going to college unless you want to be a doctor,
nurse, engineer, teacher, researcher – etc. If you aren’t 100% absolutely sure what you
want to do with your college degree – don’t go. This was my belief back then, and it’s still
one I maintain today. Now you might be thinking – well Improvement
Pill…if college isn’t the right path to go down, what is? A lot of people worry that if they don’t go
to college they’re going to end up dirt broke living on the streets. And that’s simply not true. If you invest even just a year learning a
valuable skill – a skill that is actually in demand right now – you will most likely
make just as much and probably even more than you would have if you were to go through all
4 years of college. And you don’t have to take out tens of thousands
of dollars in loans in order to do so. In fact you can even do it for free or for
just a couple hundred dollars. Don’t believe me? Well about a year ago I started promoting
a program run by a good friend of mine Seth Hymes. He teaches something called digital marketing
which is essentially helping businesses grow their online presence. This isn’t something that’s taught in school
at all – and it doesn’t take a genius to realize that this is a pretty valuable skill to have. I mean just look around you – everything
is online nowadays. And ever since I started promoting this course,
we’ve received dozens of testimonials from people as young as 18 who managed to land
jobs in the digital marketing field. And on average it doesn’t take 4 years. Not even 2 or 1 to get the experience needed
to land these jobs. In many cases, these students are getting
jobs just a couple of months after completing Seth’s course. Some even get hired literally a month after
they start the course. And to top that off – most of these people
are making anywhere from 40-60,000$ entry level right out the gate. That’s right we’ve had 18 year old kids who
went through the course, landed a job, making more money than recent college graduates. Seth himself personally went down this career
path before making the course and was making around 100,000 a year in just 4 years. If this is something you’re interested in,
if you’re looking for what I truly believe to be a safer – and smarter alternative
to college, you can learn more about by checking out a free video training series we put together
on Digital Marketing by clicking on the link in the description box below. I highly recommend you to check this out if
you’re someone who likes the idea of a career path that often lets you work remotely from
wherever you are in the world and make a decent living at the same time. Full Disclosure, this is an affiliate link
so I will be getting a small commission if you do decide to join seths course after going
through the entire free training. But I’ll be honest the only reason I like
promoting his course is because, I truly believe in what he teaches. I mean look at what I’ve built with this channel. I’m living the life of my dreams, making more
than any of my peers – traveling the world most of the year – because of digital marketing,
because I understand how the internet works. Now before we go I do want to rant a little
bit more about how much I dislike college. It’s been many many years since I dropped
out of college and I still keep in touch with a lot of the people I met back then. And out of all of my friends, acquaintances,
and classmates – I can only name a few that actually make a decent amount of money with
their college degree. The majority of the people I know from back
then are still making less than 60,000$ a year – which is barely enough when you’re
living in a place like New York City. And not a single one makes more than 6 digits
a year. NOT A SINGLE ONE. I have friends that spent over a year just
applying to jobs trying to get something – anything. Eventually having to settle for a job far
below their standards. Disappointed because they gave up 4 years
of their life and because they will still be in debt for years to come. There are so many other alternatives out there
that are better than college. I recommend you do your own research and find
out more about your other options. But again if you’re interested in learning
more about digital marketing and would like a career that allows you to work remotely
while still making more than most college graduates do. I highly recommend you check out Seths free
training by clicking on the link in the description box below. Besides that guys stay tuned.