When I went to college, I did so because everybody else did. I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life, I just knew that "college" was the way to go because it was just what-you-did to get a good job. My first 2 years were easier than high school, my last 2 years were challenging, and when I got to grad school, I got a wake-up call.
But, none of this meant a better job for me. Fact is, I could have started working somewhere in 1993, at 18, and by this point would have been much more successful. Instead, I have 100,000 dollars of debt, a full quarter of it in interest, no job, and no prospects.
Not everyone deserves a college ed. And most colleges don't teach at a college level.