Billy Wilson was studying Architectural Engineering at Kansas State University when he dropped out during his first semester. Why? Because he says he was scammed by the college.
Despite earning a 4.0 GPA during his first semester, Wilson says that “spending thousands of dollars to learn information you won’t ever even use just to get a piece of paper” was his reason for dropping out. He made the announcement in a Facebook post published Saturday, accompanied by a photo of himself flipping off the Kansas State University sign on campus.
“Now that I’ve finished my first semester I think it’s safe to say… F*CK COLLEGE,” he began. “Now before you all go batsh*t crazy… I have a few points to make.”
And here comes the list! The first point the New Jersey native makes is that dropping out of school is “one of the best choices I’ve ever made. Not because I am adverse to learning, but actually the exact opposite.”
He then proceeds to tell his fellow students that they are being scammed.
“You may not see it today or tomorrow, but you will see it some day,” he wrote. “You are being put thousands into debt to learn things you will never even use. Wasting 4 years of your life to be stuck at a paycheck that grows slower than the rate of inflation. Paying $200 for a $6 textbook. Being taught by teacher’s who have never done what they’re teaching. Average income has increased 5x over the last 40 years while cost of college has increased 18x.”
He continued, “You’re spending thousands of dollars to learn information you won’t ever even use just to get a piece of paper. I once even had an engineer tell me ‘I learned more in my first 30 days working than in my 5 years of college.’ What does that tell you about this system? There are about a million more ways you’re being scammed into this.”
Sure, interning in your field will help you immensely and teach you things that your professors can’t, but does that really mean that your college degree isn’t valuable? Wilson says yes, especially when you consider gen eds. He asserts that the information learned in these classes won’t help you in the long-run, unlike classes on “marriage and how to do your taxes.”
Check out his full rant:
Wilson then posted the following video to add more beef to his argument.
Since the post went live, Wilson has gotten over 19,000 likes and 9,700 shares. His comments section is a mix of congratulations and calling him out for being a quitter.
“I’m a nursing school dropout. After I got smart and got out of the system is when my whole economic world changed. He’s right. We’re taught our whole life to buy into this American dream. If it’s so dreamy why do 95% of people live paycheck to paycheck? #foodforthought,” one commenter wrote.
“Well the stuff I learned on my BSc and my MBA was extremely useful and increased my earning capacity as well as teaching me to do my own research. Either you have a bad college or a bad attitude,” another added.
Obviously Wilson won’t be getting that “piece of paper” anytime soon, but at least he’s already profiting off his controversial views; he’s now making t-shirts appropriately deemed, “F*ck College.”
What do you think about what he had to say? Sound off in the comments below.