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This is just my personal opinion: YES, it is worth it, but only if you make it worth it. You have to know what you want to do and plan a career path. If you go to school "just to get a degree", then it isn't worth it. The most you would get out of that is beating high school graduates for a job at Starbucks.
Someone who graduates with a college degree and then decides to "chill" for a few years (and forever for the most part) by working at the same coffee shop is not making use of their degree.
Someone who is majoring in a generic liberal arts degree actively seeks internships to gain experience is making use of their degree.
Keep in mind that you choose to major in plays a huge factor. Some of the undergraduate degrees that led to guaranteed jobs at my university were Accounting, Business Administration, Finance, Social Work, Electrical and Mechanical Engineering, Informatics, Computer Science, and Medical Technology. While other majors such as Psychology, English, International Studies, Political Science, Biology, Chemistry, Biochemistry, and Mathematics didn't necessarily translate into $$$ right after graduation, students majored in those areas to gear them for Grad school. Political Science is a popular major for those who plan on attending law school. For those who plan on attending medical school, they major in Biology or Biochemistry. Those who want to get a Master's in Education would major in English or Math.
I completely understand where you're coming from with family gatherings and accomplishments. In my family's culture, accomplishment is like the only thing that matters in a person. I was under constant pressure, and was being compared to my cousins or friends NON STOP. I felt like I HAD to get my Bachelor's Degree in "normal" time, aka 4 years from HS graduation. Because I was so rushed, I majored in something when I wasn't entirely sure if that was the right path for me. I didn't realize what I really wanted to major in until my senior year, which was too late. I have a job now, but it's not something I particularly enjoy or want to do.
It sounds like you don't know what you want to do. You say you want to change and you're tired of school. If that's how you feel, then go ahead and try something different. At this point in time, college may not be right for you. It can come later; you can go back to it. Flap your wings around until you are comfortable with your direction in life! If you want to join the military, DO IT! Don't be pressured by family members or other peers. College is only worth it when you make it worth it. You don't know what you want to do, and at this point in time, you are tired of it, so it's not worth it.
But again, that's just how I feel. Some people hate college, while others feel it is a necessity in life. Follow your heart.
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