Why I Dropped Out Of College


Why I Dropped Out Of College

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.

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100 thoughts on “Why I Dropped Out Of College”

  1. Improvement Pill says:

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    if you have any questions please let me know in the comments down below.

  2. Out of The Hat says:

    I lost my faith in the "magic of college" when my dad with multiple grad degrees in computer science and statistics couldn't get a single full time job during the recession. Believing college will magically make your future secure was just wishful thinking I didn't fall into- besides, $60,000 for an undergrad degree doesn't pay off to be worth starting adulthood so deeply in debt.

  3. Dominic ytc says:

    When I grow up I want to be a teacher

  4. Jan Senpai says:

    And now he's making youtube videos…i want a life like that

  5. Jacob Frank says:

    I don't know what to do! I can't decide what I want! HELP ME!!

  6. Satisfaction Gamer says:



  7. Lolll says:

    you have 1.7 mil subs you need no college…

  8. Cokedup Normies says:

    I'm doing engineering so okay

  9. Pineapple Tea says:

    This is so comforting as ever.

  10. Solomoncumquats G says:

    To be honest it actually sounds smarter to become a lumber worker or home renovator because nobody wants to get their hands dirty anymore

  11. Shameer Malik says:

    I figured this out in 6th grade and I'm in 9th grade now, but my parents dont use logical thinking or common sense to come to conclusions, they have straight forward brainwashed views on things;/

  12. Dimyn Soul says:

    Well i cant be a doctor by watching youtube video about surgery, so for me university is mandatory

  13. TheRagingInfernape says:

    TLDR; If you don't want to go, or if your career doesn't require it, don't. If you want to go on and get more education and experience for your career, go right on ahead

  14. Reygunmonster 24 says:

    I’m currently in Brooklyn Technical High School as Freshmen and I have no idea what I’m even doing 😅😂

  15. retrowave says:

    I dropped out of college because it was consuming my soul and I was getting depressed because of it.i hate university.

  16. samminos says:

    I mean, I still have to go :/

  17. _Radium Blitz says:

    This is why I’m going to the military. Straight out of boot camp you are GARANTEED a job, and can easily work your way up the chain to be making 60k a year. The chances of being deployed are also very slim.

  18. anime boss says:

    Don’t drop out of college this guy is stupid

  19. Sev Durden says:

    Christianity is perfect. It literally promotes NoFap and so many positive things. Convert peeps… convert 😇

  20. LuxWar Lord says:


  21. Julia Prohaska says:

    It's always more complicated than that.

    So much depends on the degree you're striving for and whether it has economic value or not.

    Edit: Okay I take it back. Your school system is so confusing. How do you even know which classes you take, when you don't have a clear definition of what your major is?

  22. Gliigor says:

    Also, it is all about the mindset. Most of the time when I get out of school, Im totally out of energy and bored, because I know I have to do something, but don't do because I don't want to. This makes me feel bad, and after couple of years I realised this was a circle where I was in. My parents were mad at me, friends were telling me I won't make it etcetera. This made me feel depressed…

  23. 10,000 subs with Zero videos says:

    Or you could just join the military

  24. Omegan Kryist says:

    My plan is to get my degree and then jump off a cliff.

    And then go do whatever else I feel like.

  25. Mimozomo Yakuri says:

    That's what my dad says. But I'm still not sure what to do . I've got just two years to choose something that I can do in future. I worry about this issue too much.

  26. Shooting Star's says:

    Is it free or does it have a payment

  27. Lil Wavy says:

    Dropped out then I got rich, dropped out then I put a Patek on my wrist.

  28. lovdusk says:

    i clicked because of the thumbnail. its so cute

  29. Shiny Frost says:

    I live in italy, for one year I search for work and nothing and now I'm at the university because my parents stressed me but I don't like it 🙁 , and I agree witch this video

  30. super dude man says:

    That is a dickmove dont drop out of school

  31. rock rock says:

    Probably not worth it.. Unless like being in a toxic liberal propaganda envermoent 24/7.. If you want be the star your own alien parasite/ brainwash sify horror film. Then sure go to college

  32. Alexander McIsaac says:

    Expectation : You have a degree but know nothing on cars? Come work for us!1!11!

    Reality : Me, a 13 year old : talking about cars with the sales men.

    Dealership owner : *Hands me an employment contract*

  33. raven austin says:

    The reason I'm sticking with college is the degree I'm going into will get me out of my hometown, there's no opportunity here. Most of my family never finished college and they all work at jobs they enjoy, but the issue is they are stuck in this hometown doing the same job. I really just want to have that security of a degree. Everyone's situation is different, just apply yourself is all I say.

  34. Genki Gal says:

    My mother is forcing me to go to college, we’ll be swimming in even more debt. I’ve legit thought about suicide because of the thought of being chained down and such.

  35. Alex Jensen says:

    College improved my self discipline. That is all. I did not actually learn anything new at school.

  36. Nimbus Dreamz says:

    I kinda feel like if you drop out of college you have to have a game plan ..the main thing is being financially stable. See,if your rich it doesn't matter but you need something to fall back on.

  37. D Ishappywithlife says:

    You lost me when you started selling me stuff!!!! Bye Felicia 👋🏽

  38. Ameer Dekheel says:


  39. ZrD_AxL says:

    dude My dad doesn't even Finish High school And my mom is A Stanford graduate…My mom Have no job She Do real estate bussiness and my dad Owns a BIG Water Company and steel company (although its in another country) And im gratefull to be born To a Millionare family But what they said is "what university you go to…It doesn't matter! as long as you have the will to succeed You can Get what ever you want in life" so my fellow Friends! lets all dream BIG! and leave something for our GENERATIONS lets show our parents We Are BETTER! than THEM! so don't feel small just because you are rejected! I know im still 15 years old…i don't have Rights to tell you anything but i HAVE SUCH BIG HOPE FOR MY GENERATION! so please…Lets all Do OUR BEST IN OUR LIFE FRIENDS!

  40. Hisoka Morou says:

    Attended community college, went to CSUDH (cheap!), worked all those 4 years and graduated with $22,000 in my bank account; no debt! Majored in accounting and was involved with Accounting society and frequently put myself out there at CSUDH where I was able to land a job that paid $30hr full time straight outta college, not bad for someone who barely scraped through HS with a 2.5 gpa.

  41. Vyesthenia says:

    Me, a middle schooler:

    *sees youtube recommended this to me*

    *read the title and thumbnail*

    Also me: aight i'm boutta drop out

  42. Pardon me are You aaron burr sir says:


  43. Fucking Spaghetti says:

    last minute i declined my unconditional offer to do the course i wanted after i realised i was only going to college because my family wanted me to go and the education system makes it seem like the only option.

  44. Marnie Moo says:

    Wish I watched this 4 years ago!😫

  45. P says:

    I'm 17 I needed this thank you sir

  46. Anything-type Channel says:

    You don’t need college to be secretary in office? Wow.

  47. DWR says:

    Im trying to become an electrical engineer, something like that or anything in the STEM field you need a degree for.

  48. PizzaParkerGM says:

    Knowledge is knowledge. Even if I don't make much from it, I have the experience to tell others whether it's worth it or not and how to ace college if necessary. Especially if you got parents who are paying for your college (why not, free degree). I know it's rough but I'll take any form of knowledge just to have it! Also make some cool friends on the way 🙂

  49. beto hax says:

    Okay, but the stats you put out don't tell the whole story either. How many of those college graduates were in internships or study abroad programs? How many of those college graduates had scholarships so they didn't take out loans like you said? How many of those college graduates came from top schools? See? You cherry picked stats just like the media did.

  50. Jasmine G says:

    I figured out the hard way not everyone is guarantee a job once they graduate and honestly how much you make depends on a lot of factors 💀. Being a nurse don’t make a difference either cause some new graduate nurses have a hard time finding a job too especially when you don’t have much experience and the fact that a lot of residency programs only hire so many nurses at a time but like I said it all depends. Everything you said is true facts 😩 .

  51. C.Ibrahima Athie says:

    I can relate

  52. df pl says:

    This is only applicable to places like the US. I already know what I want to do in life but every job in my country requires a college degree.

  53. Jackie Wong says:

    college is draining me so ouuuuuut!

  54. Flower Girl says:

    My parents are risking their money just so I can get a college degree in a career I don't need a degree for -_-

  55. Ashia says:

    Yeah I’m sure if you’re white this works out great lmao

  56. MalarkeyMan says:

    This is what happens when people study liberal arts and gender studies

  57. What are you looking at says:

    I want to works for Amazon graphic designer
    Sadly they needs 5 year of bachelor degree in art😵

  58. FlexViper says:

    When you woke up from the matrix and no longer an npc

  59. Sam Al.Hammami says:

    What will you do if you have a negative friends and family?

  60. Nezuko Kamado says:

    I was just thinking about this if you go through college you’ll overwork yourself and be miserable and then paying college will make it worse I’m really into art such as anime and I really want to play a piano I have many talents but when it comes to the brains I feel dumb so after I finish high school I’ll probably create my own studio and I’ll pay a decent price for the animators I really want to see other people happy anime really did cheered me up during hardships in life.

  61. Delton Tauro says:

    Im not from the states, but tell me, how much do average high schoolers score on an exam in the states? 60s or 70s?? Or maybe 80s???

  62. super dude man says:

    You do relise of survivorship bias this is a misconconsepcion

  63. Meme Bot says:

    Well i mean, i dont really want to get a higher education in my and Machine learning for money. I just want to do it for the job

  64. That one Guy says:

    at first i was quick to hate on this video because i'm in college but you are very very true about digital marketing and coding bootcamps i was looking into that myself and is great advice and if you ut that in comparison to going to college it does make sense as a viable cheaper path, degrees make it easier in that field but in that sense it's just increasing a percentage chance that you can improve by just applying more with experience.

  65. Tim Tam says:

    Just go to college if you genuinely love what you are going to study. It's what makes the difference between a soul draining assignment and a assignment that will give you OCD if you don't complete it.

  66. Gaming With PJ says:

    Question to all who DROPPED OUT, or NEVER WENT TO COLLEGE, is it worth it, and tell me what are you doing currently right now?

  67. adamd664 says:

    Who else isn’t smart enough to go to college or university lol

  68. 방탄의_뷔BRH says:

    i want to cry

  69. essentia_arts ღ says:

    I live in New York and I can honestly relate to this

  70. Nathan Castillo says:

    Get into a stem degree yea its worth it if u are getting something artsy or psychological its a waste dont invest in humanity degrees

  71. Kat says:

    I agree with this. I tell my friends who are still taking random classes trying to figure out their major/career choice "leave until you find out what you want" don't waste your money hopping from elective class to class. Many of my friends are first generation Mexican and their parents constantly pressure them to get a degree. They do not even care what kind of degree just get one! My parents do this to my older brother relentlessly. It 's hard having that kind of pressure.

  72. Science Project 99 says:

    I feel like he's hot irl.

  73. Swpneel Hoque says:

    you went to a specialized HS in NYC? I relate to you so hard I'm going to Brooklyn Tech

  74. Wildhoney says:

    always a catch, don't fall for it till you figure it out!

  75. Prototype 176708 says:

    I hate college

  76. TUNNEL77Xx says:

    Honestly I dropped out of college back in September ( I started the second week of July so I literally just graduation and jump straight in) and honestly I thought at first I could do it, because my parents told me how this would be a new environment and I'd be doing something I would enjoy so I thought why not? But the reality is I was definitely not ready for that yet. I have personal issues regarding depression and anxiety and I'm not gonna lie I have been putting myself care on the back burner for way too long and kinda stop caring. So when I went to college I actually ended up having mental break downs before school when I was a month in and I had to eventually speak up about my issue not being fine. I'm currently finding help and will be seeing someone soon. It kinda sucks because it feels like I have to start over and now I'm starting to realize it's okay because I've been realizing that I need to be in this situation rather then school which I thought would help me which it did but not in the way I intended it to. I guess it's true that sometimes to move forward you have to take a step back. I'll see where I'll go from here. I hope that my story can help someone that's is or is in a similar situation to mine and hope this makes them feel better that they're not alone in this and what they should do next.

  77. Purple Nights says:

    Imagine wasting 5 to 20 years on school and then working for the rest of your life just so the country can function properly 😐🤦🏽‍♂️

  78. Muhammad Ariel says:

    College is SUCK!!!😡😡😠

  79. Luckyflycat says:

    Ok you’re Asian for sure

  80. James Valor says:

    Yeah I totaly agree people who get hired are people who had experience in lots of jobs in this are college drop out who spent there lives going to different jobs because most of the companies don't want to waste time and money if you have less experience and never been to any job. that is truth college is business not a life full filing thing

  81. Varun says:

    Now, it's time to bury the person who runs the education system.
    If he can get salary by making us go through this hell, then he deserves to have a painful death or a very miserable life.

  82. Tim says:

    I am in 9th grade.. I don't wanna drop out but my body is forcing me.. I am not there so often, because I have anxiety and feel like throwing up. I was bullied the first 6 years of my school time which made me think of school as pain. I really wanna fix this but I just can't. I am pretty sure I will end up on The Street 😐.

  83. theonly1jayt says:

    Im thinking about dropping out if community college i only went cause idk what to do with my life and i couldn't afford a university wasted like 3 to 4 years of my life cause my fasfa got messed up now i thought i would be graduating soon but nope i have way more classes than i expected im planning on not going back after this semester

  84. Insane Girl says:

    How to learn dance on your own from youtube…..i'm really wanna learn but i'm so confused where to start from….i don't want to join dance class coz it's costly in india…

  85. Nelson Amoro says:

    You are clearly thinking without the encompassing of the lifelong enrichment that a university offers. With a degree especially Liberal Arts you are able to lead others much better than without completing one(in any degree). You are thinking only about yourself and not others; not your future family, nor the prestige in society. Many disadvantaged people dream of attending a university, but those that are fortunate should realize their advantage point in the scale of a worldwide economy. The world does not function without leaders, even in trade schools for plumbing, etc.

  86. Vikings Rape Valhalla says:

    I dropped out college and went into wilderness. Bro I became Tarazan! 😁

  87. Detective J says:

    Hate to admit it but you are smarter than I was.
    I stayed in college and earned a degree and
    Spoiler below


  88. Diamondngoc Player says:

    Btw you won’t make it in school if you aren’t super motivate to keep yourself going

  89. TATO SOme says:

    I'm considering to drop out, it's exhausting and i don't even have a plan after college.

  90. MrKnockout66 says:

    if someone picked a degree that makes 35k a year then that is their fault

  91. Ooolala! says:

    I like your Animations dude! Apply for Disney or Pixar. 😀

  92. J P says:

    Another issue is overpopulation…

  93. ballooney jr says:

    Some of us don’t have the ultimate life goal of just making the most money possible lol, and if you say on,y STEM degrees are worth it, why even go to college? With all the information out there you can learn these STEM skills on your own, especially things like computer science. The world needs “ liberal arts” degrees. Can’t believe the total loss of humanity in this comment section. Yes we should all be robots who only calculate numbers to earn more money lol.

  94. Artisy R says:

    After almost three years, now I'm deciding I'm better off teaching myself at my own pace, $3,000 plus per semester and still being told you can learn more from this tuturial for FREE!!!😡😵😢

  95. Hunt says:

    It's a waste of time now, the only thing that only matters now are PHD's, though, I've seen a lot of people who aren't even smart with PHD's so yea.

  96. homero ramirez says:

    Thank you!!!!

  97. Ahmad Sarwar says:

    Don’t get an arts degree kids

  98. Anas Safir says:

    I need this video in french so my mom could understand it

  99. Derrick Stinoski says:

    My masters degree job: $40.000
    My skills trade job in the gas industry (no degree required): $90,000

    WTF did i go to college??????!!!!!

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