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This week’s question was originally about one specific major. I’ve excluded the actual listed major in the message because it can distract from the point.

I was thinking about going to college for a degree in (excluded). It’s a subject that I’m really interested in. I’m stuck between people saying to do what I love and people saying there is no career potential. I think you’re going to say it’s a bad idea from what I read in the past but it’s a subject I’m really interested in. I’m not just picking one randomly.
-Lana

First thing, if you have the cash to pay for college and you’re going to college for fun then this is all up to you. That would make it a completely subjective matter that no one but you should care one way or the other. If you’re planning on making college an investment then it’s not a completely subjective situation.

When you’re looking into a potential major as an investment you need to consider how much the potential jobs you can get pay and the odds of getting those jobs. You also need to calculate in the costs of getting that degree (in time and money.) Using those numbers you can understand the ROI on your college degree.

The sad fact is, a percentage of degrees don’t have any ROI in these calculations. An even larger number of degrees have ROI’s that are lower than working in fast food. Many degrees are luxury items that should be treated as such.

I won’t do the calculations myself because there are many factors that could change the specific data for every person that asks. As a quick rule of thumb though, if the only job you can think of for a particular college degree is a job in teaching that particular degree then odds are, it’s not a great investment for the average person. The more obscure the subject, the more you should doubt its value.

In most cases, good ROI college majors aren’t hard to find. There are plenty of options. They don’t cater to every student’s whims but that’s something that should be expected when you’re looking for an investment.

If you’re truly interested in learning about a subject that doesn’t make a college a good investment then consider learning it outside of college. If you truly love the subject then you could learn significantly more about the subject in significantly less time outside of a college environment. You’d also save tens of thousands of dollars. If you don’t love the subject enough to do that then why invest tens of thousands of dollars learning it in college?

I believe you should study the subjects you care about but I don’t recommend wasting it on a college degree that will likely mean almost nothing in your career ROI. Even if the degree adds a bit of credibility, it rarely helps enough to improve the ROI of the situation dramatically enough to be worth it. Studying what you love doesn’t require college.

In some areas you can live 3 years or more on the same amount of money you would have spent on college for a single year. Ultimately, there are better ways to study certain subjects.

People will pressure you to go to college but don’t let the peer or parent pressure force you into a premature or foolish decision.

I feel like you’ve already made your decision to go. If you plan on going to college despite it being a bad investment, at least consider this: Paying for college before (or as) you go can significantly lower the costs of college. That means some bad investments can turn into good investments. If you plan to go for a low ROI degree then at least pay as you go and avoid debt. That will save you a ton of trouble in the long run.

Do what you love is great advice. I believe you should do what you love. That being said, I don’t think you should do what you love irresponsibly. Building tens of thousands of dollars of debt for a degree that won’t earn you more money is irresponsible. Spending virtually nothing while doing what you love outside of college is a much more reasonable path to take.

For a further discussion on ROI in a more specific context you might like Medical School For The Money – 5 Reasons It’s Not A Good Idea

I know this is probably not what you’re looking to hear but that’s the best advice I could give for you. I know ROI. Philosophical decisions come down to you.

Do you want to study in less than 15 minutes a night? Check out the archives of this blog and the books in the sidebar to learn more.

Q/A – Is This A Good Major?

A B&C Students Guide To Mercilessly Crushing A Students At Their Own Game (While Laughing Your Way Towards The Ivy-League)

Are you smart but getting meh grades?

The smartest students are often the ones the school system leaves behind. It’s easy to motivate a half-wit (or even almost-wit – like a horse with a carrot dangled in it’s face to get it running. Giddy-up horsey!

You would never fall for that, right? Then this is for you.

It’s easy to procrastinate when you’re getting a raw deal. That’s the smart thing to do.

Academics is a game – and its prizes are good. Really good! There is more to the story than that though. What do you have to do to get that prize? And that matters even more than the prize. Study 18 hours a day for straight-A’s and a high-paying job someday in the distant future? Ughhh… Not me. That’s for sure.

I scored near the top of my college Engineering class while studying less than 15 minutes a morning. And seriously, I don’t sound like a super genius, do I?

Hint: I had barely scraped a 1.0 GPA in high school and I wasn’t skipping and having fun with friends either – I was… dare I say… trying my best.

Big Tip: trying doesn’t matter unless you’re experimenting or already using an effective strategy. Trying without an effective strategies is a waste that can plop your grades in the stinker. First step – STOP TRYING with ineffective strategies.

You got that?

Look… I’m a bit crazy. I get it. I’ve read hundreds of books on grades, learning, and memory. I spent sleepless nights studying obscure academic journals. I swear, I even read the book “How To Read A Book” and didn’t have to drink alcohol to do it!

WHY DO I DO THIS TO MYSELF!?

You wanna’ know why?

Don’t tell anyone but… I care. I was emotionally crippled by the school system. I had heartless, lazy, and downright mean teachers (and a couple good ones that couldn’t help.) It took years for me to untangle their mess…

And I went to college and beat them at their own wretched game. Top scores. Easy studying. Time to make friends and impress the ladies. (You know… the important stuff!)

But I know… I wasn’t alone and I know there are others facing similar and worse challenges than I did. And I may be out of the warzone now but I can’t in good conscience leave you behind without my arsenal.

That’s why a decade ago I founded Smart Student Secrets and got link backs from LifeHack, HuffPo, and good college professors with names I can’t pronounce from all over the world that see these strategies crushing every day. But forget about them… the emails I get from grateful students… that’s the stuff a good life is made of.

My newest book is, in my opinion, the best book ever written for students that want to absolutely crush the academic game.

It gets you to focus your energy on the most important aspects of grades – giving you leverage on the system.

It shows you the big painful studying, you’re not benefiting from – that you thankfully get to stop today and forever.

It takes the latest in academic research on memory and puts into your hands, the exact memorization strategies that a Purdue Professor proved can let someone memorize 2.35 things for every one they’re memorizing now.

And this isn’t about “working harder” – and it’s not about “working smarter” either. (I cringe every time I read that phrase.)

It’s about working only when it matters most and creating the habit of motivated and effective learning.

I guarantee this… You can skyrocket your grades with my book while studying less than you ever had to study before. If I’m wrong, send me an email and I’ll refund you – no questions asked.

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