Chapter 3

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If you have a kid, and you think that the kid should go to college, don't.
Not until you and the kid have agreed on a specific goal for the degree, for what the degree will be used for, and for the progress of each of the years going toward the degree.

If you don't have a plan and a committment to the plan, don't enroll. If you don't see progress on time and on plan, withdraw the kid until he can handle it.

College can be a very important experience. But it also can be, and often is, a Life-ruiner. You have to approach it with the knowledge that college will be a Life-ruiner if you let it.


There has been some buzz that employers look unfavorably on job applicants with Masters degrees. There is a suspicion that they are a little flaky, like they had trouble leaving home and going to work.