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Although I dropped out and got lucky, getting a degree is a much surer path to success — Bill Gates

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By Abiodun Alade

American business magnate and philanthropist, Bill Gates, has reiterated the need for higher education, noting that although he dropped out and got lucky but getting a degree is a much surer path to success.

• Mr Bill Gates interacting with children in a Quranic School in Kano City, in Kano State during his visit to assess the on-going polio eradication programme in the country. Photo courtesy Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
FILE PHOTO: Mr Bill Gates interacting with children in a Quranic School in Kano City, in Kano State during his visit to assess the on-going polio eradication programme in the country. Photo courtesy Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Earlier this year, Gates was named the richest man in the world by Forbes Magazine’s Annual list of the world’s Billionaires, the 16th time that the founder of Microsoft has claimed the top spot.

“ Although I dropped out of college and got lucky pursuing a career in software, getting a degree is a much surer path to success.
College graduates are more likely to find a rewarding job, earn higher income, and even, evidence shows, live healthier lives than if they didn’t have degrees,” he wrote on his blog.

He added that “It’s always moving to sit down with students and hear the stories of why they decided to drop out.

Many of them are poor and often the first person in their families to go to college. They arrive on campus with big aspirations to get a degree and start a career that would earn a good salary. Then their dreams unravel.

Many quit when they realize that their high schools didn’t prepare them academically for college.

Some don’t make it because they can’t afford tuition. Others leave after getting overwhelmed trying to navigate the college system without enough personal guidance from their college.

All leave school with a lot of debt and, even worse, a diminished sense of themselves. Their entire sense of what they can achieve in life is damaged.

The fact that a high percentage of people who don’t finish college are from low-income backgrounds should be a concern for all of us.

Without degrees, they are more likely to stay trapped in poverty”.

 

Bill Gates  like Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg and Oprah Winfrey — dropped out of college.

Read his article here

 

 

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