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With hundreds of students immigrating from Dominica every year in pursue of high education; is it really worth doing a university degree?

In these difficult times with more unemployed graduates returning home and higher tuition cost leaving more and more of these graduates in debt. Doesn’t make you wonder if it’s really worth it?

Not everyone thinks a college degree is valuable; business tycoon Donald Trump, thinks experience is better than education.

“I talk a lot about education because I think a good college education can really take you far in life. At the same time, however, some people are incredibly book smart but are clueless when they deal with the real world. Others are street smart but can’t handle anything other than what they’re accustomed to.”

Most people choose a degree because they’re interested in it or it’s the appropriate thing to do, but for many children coming from middle-income homes throughout the region don’t have that luxury.

And if it’s a choice between investing in small businesses and sending people to university, is higher education a luxury our small island society can afford? I personally believe in investing more in small businesses – young entrepreneurs with ideas that can stay back and help develop the economy.

Don’t get me wrong, knowledge is essential, but knowledge alone certainly isn’t enough. You must be able to act on your knowledge. You must put it to work because doing is how you learn and how you ultimately prove yourself. But then again that’s just my humble (no degree) opinion.

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