farmer, on 08 November 2012 - 09:25 PM, said:
Get your education. It won't cost you 20-40 K to attend a d3 school. If it does, I can give you the name of a good d2 school where you can get a scholarship if you're good enough. What is plan B if you spend the next 5 years trying to play professionally, but aren't good enough? As Mad said, a college degree doesn't guarantee a job, but it does open doors.
You are right, it doesn't always cost that much, but there are a lot of hidden costs associated with college, especially with the position that OP is in. Meals, transportation, rent/room fee, recreation, etc. A lot of college kids have jobs while going to school to pay for these things, but OP is going to need time (if in school) to work on his game. That doesn't fly if he is working a job and doing homework instead of practicing.
I know what you are saying about a backup plan, but sometimes it is better to go ahead and NOT have one. It will either force you to succeed or force you to go home. True test of ambition and confidence...that kind of thing. I respect your opinion, but I say let school be the backup plan. You are only young once, and some opportunities are limited by age. College isn't going anywhere, and by the time OP decides (hopefully not) that he might need it, the economy might have straightened out enough so that attending one might actually be worth the investment.
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