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15 Aug 8 Reasons why you SHOULD go to college or university: a response video to Koi Fresco

8 Reasons Why You SHOULD Go To College (If you…)
A response video to the video Koi Fresco made about the question:
Should You Go to College?
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I was triggered by Koi’s point of view on the question “Should you go to college”. Koi looks at this issue from the point of view of a college drop-out.
I look at this question as a college graduate and a university lecturer. Hope you will enjoy the video.
Please rate the video and join the discussion by leaving comments!

Hans Netten

  • Ricky Rodriguez
    Posted at 22:50h, 15 August

    Just follow your passion, whether it requires a college degree or not

  • Isaac Thompson
    Posted at 22:50h, 15 August

    Out of all my high school friends i'm the only one that doesn't have anything because i didn't go to college and they did.

  • Isaac Thompson
    Posted at 22:50h, 15 August

    I wish i had gone to college because i hate being disposable and mistreated!

  • Nick Papillon
    Posted at 22:50h, 15 August

    College is not fun unless you like learning tons of useless material and writing papers

  • The Curator
    Posted at 22:50h, 15 August

    I'm going to respectfully disagree with this video. Although you make some good points, you have a very European perspective on higher education. I cannot speak for higher education in Europe but the fact is higher education is not something that can be taken for granted in America and because of tuitions, uncertainty of the value and the broken system overall, there is a big dilemma on whether it is worth the cost and time. So you cannot just dismiss these concerns by stating how European universities are free/affordable, nor can you just tell Americans to study abroad because that is easier said than done. If college were free/affordable like most European nations, this wouldn't be an issue. But for now, that's not how things are and people need to act accordingly. Furthermore, Koi's video was directed towards an American audience as he is American and lives in America, which makes some of your points inapplicable or irrelevant. Nevertheless, below is my take on the college situation in America and it will be from an American perspective.
    First, I'd like to say that college still remains a wise path for some people, especially for those who seek a career that clearly requires college such as a doctor or an engineer, but even more importantly for those who enjoy academic learning. But those who do not fit this criteria should not follow the herd of "everyone going to college" and seriously think hard before deciding. Needless to say, America is not Europe and unlike the latter, going to college is a big risk of time, money and opportunity cost. The plain fact is that not everyone is fit to go to college. High school students who are either mediocre in academic standing or simply do not have any interest in academics will mostly likely perform poorly in college due to their lack of preparedness for the rigor and lack of motivation. In fact, most in this particular group will probably never graduate, only to be left demoralized and stuck in debt. Therefore it would be wiser if they spent their money and the four years of their prime on something else such as learning a trade, an apprenticeship, entrepreneurship or even the military. But even those who are qualified for college do not fare much better and this brings me to two of your points that I most disagree with: Better chance of job and better pay. This is a misleading claim that has been marketed by American colleges for decades. First of all that claim is retrospective. In the past, having a degree commanded more place in the market since fewer high school graduates went to college. But in the present day that number is much higher that pretty much every able-bodied person goes to college. Therefore, unless you studied a high-in-demand field such as STEM or any other technical fields, having a degree will not differentiate you from the job market as people think. And it is because of this over saturation of college graduates that the value of college has declined and will likely continue to do so. Furthermore, those who are qualified for college that do manage to graduate, secure employment and good pay tend to be different from those who are not: They are usually smarter, more motivated and/or tend to already have better connections. Therefore, it isn't really the college that adds value to these people and rather their circumstances that allows them to achieve such success.
    Now, yes, college isn't just about getting a job and more about the 'enlightening learning experience'. But the overall value received from college has declined compared to the past because one, the standards for admission to college was harder back then and as more students were admitted over time, the standards have declined, which led to lower quality education in many colleges to the point where it was basically high school 2.0. Second, studies have shown that a significant portion of current students improve unimaginably little on important skills such as critical thinking and writing skills during the duration of FOUR YEARS, which excludes the weaker students who already dropped out. This does not come as a surprise as most professors are hired based on how much research they can offer and not on their teaching abilities, though this is certainly not to say that there aren't professors who are good teachers (Funny enough, community colleges do much better when it comes to teaching since instructors are hired based on their teaching abilities, all while being a much cheaper alternative). But even more importantly, colleges are ultimately businesses and student tuition is one of the means of earning money. They educate the students as cheaply as possible and therefore don't give a damn if the students don't learn any damn thing, don't graduate or don't get employed. As long as they get your money, why would they? No wonder they charge such high tuitions, which leads to mountains of debt for an already disenfranchised youth who struggle with finding employment.
    In conclusion, yes, college has its values for SOME people. It is not universal as one size does not fit all. Every person varies in different ways and comes from different circumstances, to which they need to act on accordingly. People need to make conscious decisions for themselves instead of blindly accepting the college narrative. College is a tool and like any other tool, you need to make good use out of it to get the full benefits and unfortunately, not everyone has that ability. Ultimately, there are many paths to a life well led and going to college isn't the only one.
    With that being said, I have nothing against the professors and other teaching staff. I'm sure many of them like yourself are wonderful people who are passionate about their work. This was more so to explain the dilemma and frustrations against college that many Americans hold and how they could be misunderstood by those from outside. And I think we can both agree that the American education system overall does need significant improvement.

  • C. Militaru
    Posted at 22:50h, 15 August

    in america you get 30k per year in debt and you tell me the reasons you should be 100k in debt are 1. it's fun, 2. you learn communication skills, 2. you meet new people/ 3. engage in new projects? seriously? this would be debatable if it was free, but 100k in debt for meeting fucking people and learning to communicate?

  • RNR
    Posted at 22:50h, 15 August

    Rather go into the workforce, you get paid more, no student loans, and the IRS isn’t knocking on your door or blowing up your phone all the time

  • BastardfromtheBush
    Posted at 22:50h, 15 August

    Forget about college, learning subjects where you just get yourself a library card and read about. Get yourself a TRADE! Get yourself economic skills that people will PAY for! Auto mechanic, Plumber, Locksmith, Chef, Hairdresser, Carpenter, Builder even shoe repair. If you get yourself into woeful debt to get a degree in Gender Studies; then get your head examined. Psychology, Law, Accountancy are not subjects you pick up in 4 years; you have to go all the way to Masters and PhD. and even then you could find yourself working at MacDonald's or driving taxis.

    Posted at 22:50h, 15 August

    If I dont go to college my dad will kill meeeeeeee so I get straight a s

  • Cameron Stang
    Posted at 22:50h, 15 August

    Thank you for the presentation, it really helped me write an essay for the pros of getting a college education. you got a new sub!

  • Vi5
    Posted at 22:50h, 15 August

    Depends. If you like to study arts. Don't go. Only reason you should go is for STEM. It is up for that person to look deeply into what you want to do. You can learn on your own depending on that field. All points are valid; however, basic.

  • OfficialMichellemarie 26
    Posted at 22:50h, 15 August

    koi fresco has good points BUT the point about most of the stuff online is wrong, for one thing there are jobs where you absolutely need and are required to have a degree like accounting, nursing, being a doctor, engineer, being a teacher etc things where you need teaching credentials and clinicals and certain internships and to pass a licensing exam, just job experience for those types of things are not enough.

  • George Batton
    Posted at 22:50h, 15 August

    For me a college education is like getting a license to get an entry-level job in a higher paying field. Where you might never get the opportunity to work in such a field, the college degree at least shows prospective employers that you have a base level of knowledge and understanding of the subject. That is provided you choose a degree that is related to something in high demand such as engineering, IT nursing, etc.

  • Jonathan 6 X
    Posted at 22:50h, 15 August

    College isn't everything some people don't go and they still make a lot money and the problem is the debt you pay sometimes.

  • GreenGamer
    Posted at 22:50h, 15 August

    I'm only watching this video for a essay

  • enforcementwing
    Posted at 22:50h, 15 August

    are cheap universities one of the best recommendations for a person to end up in debt.

  • ulgk
    Posted at 22:50h, 15 August

    I totally agree! There is just some things you learn in college that cannot be taught outside the classroom. For example, I'm learning advanced business statistics with excel that cannot be taught by a video. By the way, a college degree on a resume makes you look smart. Another point, your earning is much higher with a USEFUL college degree.

    I'm about to get a job that will pay me $68,000 per year thanks to my business degree (Decision Science). The job is actually an accounting supervisor. Yes some people will find success without any degree, if you can do that then go for it. However, rent can be outrageously expensive in the cities. Such as San Francisco. With a college degree you are most likely not to end up in poverty.

  • Jason Small
    Posted at 22:50h, 15 August

    Actually folks what are you to the government? forget school. Are you a human, a man, a woman, a freeman, an individual? Are you a person, the people, a citizen? are you the persons residence that pays taxes? Read black's law and go back in history and break this down for yourselves. Each one of these things makes you a legal fiction even the free man, even the human. Goodluck. I am that I am.

  • Jason Small
    Posted at 22:50h, 15 August

    1:30+ where you talk about the opportunities college offers, are forms of networking you should be doing without college, but our anti-social 21st century upbringing has deterred us from. You don't need college to find a collective of individuals who want to participate in a group activity that a village would do naturally. You don't need college to socialize with people you meet that are interested and willing to share ideas with an abundance of enthusiasm as you have. You don't need college to find experience within the field you work, considering your job may have a different approach that seems alien to you. None of these ideas that you genuinely should feel inspired to pursue should ever come with a $20,000 price tag for a degree, that an employer will over look anyway, when they are essential to growth as an individual and are natural components of development, . That itself should and will be free. Read the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.

  • Drfate 786
    Posted at 22:50h, 15 August

    Money is important but what your saying can be perceived as flawed. I only want to make money to survive and be happy. I'm going to college so I can become an animator and concept art designer. I'll likely go into game design as well. All I care about once I get that job is to be paid enough money to cover my expenses and my eventual retirement. Money is important, but too much money can be a bad thing if you don't invest it. I mean, look at today's inflation prices.

  • Kei Luvva Lighthouse
    Posted at 22:50h, 15 August

    I'm unsure about going to college, but I'm glad you made this video.

  • John Frank
    Posted at 22:50h, 15 August

    I understand your points and how they would be useful for somebody who wants to start work in the corporate world. But my question is what would be your advice for somebody who wants a hands on job that doesn't require a college education? I am only a freshman in highschool but for as long as I can remember, I have hated paperwork and the average 9-5 mindset. I love working with my hands and I have been thinking abnout getting into trades like carpentry or electric for years. Its not a matter of intelligence because I am very smart and in honors classes and I would be able to make it through college. I just don't really feel the desire to take that route in life. I feel pressure to go to college from my family because I come from a very traditional family. What are your thoughts on this?

  • Gaven Doyle
    Posted at 22:50h, 15 August

    It's not how much money you make it's how you use the money you make and also most of these reasons are not real reasons because you can have these experiences in real life

  • Hoosier Hiatus
    Posted at 22:50h, 15 August

    Excellent points.

  • Adrianna
    Posted at 22:50h, 15 August

    Thank God, FINALLY a video about why you should go to college! Thank You!!! I will be receiving my degree in December. I've worked my butt off for it.

  • Will Prowse RV Living and Off-grid Solar
    Posted at 22:50h, 15 August

    Very cool! 🙂

  • Mellany Sanchez
    Posted at 22:50h, 15 August

    im attending college right now and in tje future i will transfer to university but a lot of people is so negativa about school and sometimes when i have a lot of homework and problems with the schedules (im studying astrophysics ) the first though that comes to my mind is drop out school but i dont see that as something smart , thank you for this vídeo i really need this right now

  • Caveman444
    Posted at 22:50h, 15 August

    Great video ! Koi I believe is leading a lot of people astray in many ways . His suicide video hurt me in a personal way.

  • Nathan Staple
    Posted at 22:50h, 15 August

    Hey its me again. By the way I totally agree with it all though.

    Posted at 22:50h, 15 August

    I know, being a university lecturer, I am a bit biased:-).
    Nonetheless, young people and not so young people, please consider going to university or college, if you get the opportunity.
    It will enrich your life in ways you never imagined!