"Better Safe Than Sorry" is Bad Advice. Here's Why.

If you don't think college is right for you (or if you're in college and openly talk about why the education system is broken), you're going to be met with a lot of backlash.

One statement that I've thought about recently was:

"Better safe than sorry!"

... especially when it comes to college.

When people say that it's "safer" to go to college, I don't understand. What's so safe about a $100,000+ investment into a degree from a school that won't even guarantee your employment?

Why is that safe?

Why is paying a lot of money and time to be away from the workforce, going to make you more prepared for the work force? Wouldn't it be better to work and learn concurrently so you can apply what you've learned? And isn't information cheaper and more accessible nowadays with the internet?

College does not have the stranglehold on information it once had pre-internet. Now you can learn how to do digital marketing on the internet (marketing majors), write your own book and self-publish (English majors), and create your own art store on Etsy (art majors).

That's why I don't think "better safe than sorry" when applied to college, is sound advice.

If being "safe" puts you in a worse position, then it's not safe.

The phrase "better safe than sorry" is only sound advice when the action required to be safe, takes little time/cost for you to take. If it's not going to be that much of a hassle, you might as well carry your keys with you just in case your parents aren't going to be there to let you in. It's no big deal and it's better to be safe than sorry in this case.

But let's not go pretending like spending $100,000+ and 4 years at an institution is safer than earning $100,000+ and 4 years of experience in the workforce.

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Evan's Goal Update - Day 5/56

  1. Job + apartment: Interviewed and got a job offer on the spot at a Culver City startup! Now time to assess the other offers.
  2. Reading + writing: 5th day of writing consistency. I like it.
  3. Coding: Still going through the CSS course on Codecademy!
  4. Fitness: Rest day. (2/4 done this week)
  5. YouTube: Done this week! Uploading next Tuesday.