I'm a college graduate too - not because I necessarily wanted to go (I have no way of knowing whether or not I did since it was drilled into my head as a de facto mandate as Dr. Gray describes) - but there is a flaw in your reasoning. You said you made friends and formed various views in college, and intimate that you would not have done any of that if you'd chosen a different path. By your logic, those who did not choose four-year college have no friends and are incapable of having meaningful philosophical and political opinions...but that can't be what you really believe, can it? In truth, all people interact with others in all sorts of settings and those who love to learn voluntarily do so on their own all through their lives; I even personally knew a nonagenarian who felt certain she should take a computer class "just in case" she'd ever need the information. When we remove the blinders that see school as we know it now as the center of all things good and worthwhile, we'll be able to understand that people of all ages live, love, and learn thoroughly and deeply without artificially designed environments like college.