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College and grad school were requirements for my job. I had a broad enough education with professors who challenged me enough that I do think it improved my critical thinking skills, as well as my procedure skills (math, facts, analysis, etc.). Do I use a ton of the facts/procedures I learned? No, but that's because of what I do more than anything, and I do miss doing some of it. For example, my advanced math and stats skills are rusty beyond belief, but when I do dust them off, I remember how much I loved doing those things.
Fortunately, with learning my programming stuff, the math and stats may be back in play in the next few years with a job change. I'm actually hoping for that and tuning into some MOOCs to descale those skills so that I can confidently walk into an interview in a few years and say "yep, I can do the math and also program it."
Also, my job pays my loans comfortably. That's a huge consideration these days. You HAVE to make a plan where you have a decent idea how to get a job that pays the degree back. I was not in that boat when I started college, but by my sophomore year was. Again I say, if you're "lost," don't just throw money down the hole. Knocking out gen eds at a CC won't kill you, but spending full-time tuition at a 4-year institution and not knowing where you're headed will. No shame in a "hippie year" to figure out where you're going without digging yourself deeper into debt.
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