WORK-LIFE BALANCE / JUN. 27, 2015
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Stop Wasting Time And Money; Go Ahead And Drop Out

After all, you are smarter than your instructors! As a matter of fact, you were already creating websites at 8 years old. And after that summer when you attended tech camp, you had become virtually unstoppable—designing highly-innovative software and apps from scratch. You slayed your SATs; and you were accepted by almost every Ivy League college in the U.S.

See also: The Pros and Cons of Attending College

So why are you wasting time and money by going to college? The following explores why it’s a good idea to drop out, if you are considered a genius millennial.

Bill Gates

Old people are always saying stuff like, “Learn from my experience.” But earlier this month, Bill Gates, “the world’s richest college dropout,” posted on his blog that millennials should "stay in school."

Although I dropped out of college and got lucky pursuing a career in software, getting a degree is a much surer path to success,” Gates wrote.

But CNN Money called Gates’ statement about “getting lucky” an “understatement." In other words, luck had nothing to do with it. According to his bio, Gates started designing software when he was 12. You started at 10. So, obviously, Gates was not referring to those millennials who were born with above-average intelligence.

Earning Potential

There are so many opportunities for tech-geeks to advance in their careers without college. In his article, “College Dropouts Thrive in Tech,” The Wall Street Journal reporter, Daisuke Wakabayashi writes about one who decided to take the risk.

The $100,000, from a fellowship sponsored by billionaire Peter Thiel, offered Mr Weinstein a shot at his dream: starting a company with friends,” Wakabayashi explains. “But he wrestled with the decision in the spring of 2014, worried that he was giving up on college too soon and afraid of disappointing grandparents who valued education.”

The world has changed since the days when dropping out college meant dire circumstances for high-school graduates. Today, developing technology has created more opportunities for those Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) students who consider creating tech-gadgets as child’s play. And there are a lot of greedy executives in Silicon Valley, says Wakabayashi, that are offering millennials big bucks to opt-out of going to school to create the latest and greatest invention.

“Facebook Inc., Google Inc. and others offer internships to teenagers; Facebook last year hired an 18-year-old intern for a full-time position,” says Wakabayashi.

So the time to strike is now, while the industry is hot!

The World Needs You

For years, there has been talk that genius millennials will change the world. Well, what are you waiting for? Get out there and do it! Other millennials are already doing it, according U.S. News & World Report reporter, Allie Bidwell.

Engaging students in science, technology, engineering and math fields over the last five years has emerged as a national priority not just for the nation’s educational system, but also for the economy, as forecasts have shown a need for millions more workers with STEM skills,” says Bidwell.

In her article, “The Next Generation of STEM: Students at the Cutting Edge of Innovation,” Bidwell introduces 16 STEM students, all under the age of 21, who are taking the world by storm with their innovative ideas and creative approaches to furthering technological advances. You could be one of them.

See also: Tech Geeks Still Dream of Working for Google

The fact of the matter is that you are never too old to go back to school. If you have an idea or a lucrative job offer: stop wasting time. Who knows, you could be the new, improved and smarter Bill Gates, Steve Jobs or Mark Zuckerberg, one day. Unless, that is, you are content with just being “the BIG brain” on campus.

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