College can be your friend, or College can be your foe. Nowadays, it seems college is just for show. Okay, enough with the rhyming, but you get my drift. Is college really worth it?

The recent death of Apple inventor Steve Jobs sparked my interest when I learned that he in fact was a college dropout. I wondered how a man so powerful, intelligent and rich, could not have a college degree.

Billionaire Bill Gates is a college dropout, so is Mark Zuckerberg the founder of Facebook and the world’s youngest billionaire.  James Cameron, Kanye West and even Lady Gaga are all names on the list of most successful college dropouts.

With the economy in a recession and jobs no wear to be found, many people are making careers out of college. They sometimes call those kinds of people Career Students. Can you blame them? Why not enjoy the safety of college, with the notion that you are expanding your knowledge, and pray the day you graduate, there will be a job out there with your name on it. Many graduates are realizing that idea is just wishful thinking.

Along with after graduation employment opportunities, many graduates have to face the thousands of dollars’ worth of debt they now owe to their university and government. Do you really want to dig yourself in a hole you may not be able to get out of?

Personally I’m all for college simply because I myself, am a college graduate. There are a number of factors that play into the worthiness of a college degree. The five W’s to be exact. Who you know, what you know, when you attended, where you attended and why you attended?

Prospective students must find their niche, their passion and pursue it. Do well while you’re in college and it will pay off. Search and find the free money, because in all actuality there is plenty out there. Research your college, and determine if it is a good school for the program you plan to pursue. Most importantly BUILD relationships with everyone, because you never know… it’s not what you know but who you know.