With Americans holding nearly $1.38 trillion in student loan debt at the end of 2017, many young people are re-thinking whether college is a necessary expense.
But John doesn't nix the idea completely. Something to consider, he says, are the doors it can open for professional networking.
"Most of my employees have come from college," John says, "because as an intern, you can come into my company and get credit [for] college. Those people then out-work the people that are already working there, and I hired most of the interns.
"You wouldn't have that opportunity if you didn't go to college," he adds.
So people who skip college should hustle to take advantage of other opportunities around them, he says.
"If you don't have the resources go to college, well then you better be on the Internet. You better be at that library. You better be wherever you can acquire the knowledge," John says.
And whether in school or at work, it is important to find mentors. "The number one reason why people are successful is access to mentors," he explains. At school, "those [mentors] are professors, those are other students in college around you."
When it comes down to it, John puts it this way: "Should you go to college? Absolutely if you can. Is it necessary? No."
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