Men saying “no thanks” to college
June 5, 2017
John Maxwell is curious about the world and freely shares, in casual conversation, tidbits of English history. Yet he says he'll never again set foot in a college classroom.
"I consider myself mostly self-taught and I just believe I should cut my own path in life," said the 24-year-old Maxwell, who dropped out of Littleton's Araphoe Community College after one semester.
Maxwell said he didn't want to waste his parents' money on college work that held little or no interest to him.
"I just wanted to see what I wanted to do with my life and college was never a part of that," said Maxwell, currently an employee at a Parker liquor store. "It might cost me financially down the road, but I never really saw myself as getting rich anyway. So I don't see it as much of a loss."
Maxwell is among a generation of young men who increasingly are turning their backs on colleges, universities and the associated degrees — either dropping out of upper-level learning or never considering it a viable option.
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