I didn't get around to college, a rather long and complicated story that I won't go into here. But I can tell you, after many years of struggling to get ahead without that degree (or more specifically, the knowledge and entrée into a profession that truly suited my talents), I'm keenly aware of what I missed out on by not attending higher education. I've done well despite the lack of a formal education, but I could have done so much more with a law or engineering degree.
So there's been just a hint of twitchiness in my brain as I watched my stepson start his freshman year at Johnson State College (VT). My stepson has always been a classic underachiever – brains, but no discipline towards anything that wasn't a hobby. Very RPG oriented, something I consider a total waste of time.
I wrote to him early in his first semester, asking him to think about setting the bar high, to really apply himself during this first semester of his all-expenses paid (holiday) education (courtesy of his well-to-do grandmother). No reply at all. I heard later from his older sister that my note had 'insulted him.' His first semester was (I'm guessing here) a C average, if that. Too many all night D&D sessions with newfound buddies. Life IS a picnic, or so he thinks these days.
And get this. There's a course at JSU called "Camping 101." Not 'Backpacking', not 'Homestead Skills', not 'Back Country Survival.' No, just Camping. When he was home for one of the many week-long breaks from said fluff-college (average 5 weeks of classes then one week off and the dorms close), I asked him about the class and was surprised to learn that it was a course in how to pack your car for camping in a fucking campground! I laughed so hard. He said, "Hey, it has a field trip where we all go camping together and learn stuff."
The field trip was canceled due to rain.
I say, "Oh you spoiled fuckers!"
Anyone attending the halls of higher education that doesn't ace ALL of the core classes (A+, 4.0) has no business signing up for "fun" classes.
Take the classes you absolutely need for a degree that will get you into your chosen field. Study hard and get all A's, or don't even bother going to college. If you can't see how important this all is, I think you're just wasting space that could be used by someone truly motivated to excel.