Is university beneficial or just a waste of time?

I am studying computer science at a university, and recently just finished my 4th semester. Even though I have come this far, I have always doubted the idea of going to university, because I always thought I would not gain anything from it. As soon as the 1st semester ended, I started thinking about leaving it, but thoughts like: “How will my family react?” “Am I going to be considered illiterate if I don’t finish?” stopped me.

I think instead of spending a huge part of my life in university I could learn some skills and focus on my goals. Spending my prime years in the university for something I could achieve in much less time just doesn’t make sense to me.

I was always interested in programming, and I already started teaching myself before university. So I chose computer science as a major, thinking I could learn something I may not be able to learn on my own, but everything they taught me there, I already knew or could learn on my own in much less time. Plus they teach a lot of extra stuff which can be good or bad.

This may not be the case for everyone as not all of us find our passion at an early age. Some just do it for a degree so they can find a job, and for those groups of people university might be good. But I, even after spending 2 years in it, think about dropping out. In these holidays, I want to work on a few things: some mobile app ideas, a web application, YouTube channel and this blog. As soon as I see myself succeeding, I think I will drop out. I am not sure if I should risk dropping out right now and just focus on the goals to get there faster, because university doesn’t let me do that. It is certainly a hard decision to make.

At the end of the day, no one knows what the future is going to hold for us. But as always I am hoping for a better tomorrow, you should too.


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