THINGS I WISH MY KIDS WOULD ASK ME
Editor's note: Barry Courter has a 24-year-old son who is a college graduate and a 19-year-old daughter who is a sophomore in college.
Q: Dad, is there ever a good reason to drop out of college to take a job?
A: I think I'm supposed to say, "No," but there are countless examples of people who did very well without college. Many more who didn't, of course. I've always thought a big part of college is networking and meeting the people or careers that will impact your life forever. Some people do it in year four and some in year one. Another big part of life is seizing those rare opportunities that might come up. The answer is it depends, but the smart move is to get the degree. Most of the time.
— Barry Courter
Barry Courter is staff reporter and columnist for the Times Free Press. He started his journalism career at the Chattanooga News-Free Press in 1987. He covers primarily entertainment and events for ChattanoogaNow, as well as feature stories for the Life section. Born in Lafayette, Ind., Barry has lived in Chattanooga since 1968. He graduated from Notre Dame High School and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with a degree in broadcast journalism. He previously was ...