College is a joke, over inflated with burgeoning tuition rates that increase each fucking year.
Coupled with the fact student loans are next to impossible to escape in America, its a pointless endeavor and you'll be much better off either going to college to become a Doctor or some soul sucking demon-in-human skin called a lawyer. That's where the money is (and nightmares and mandatory overtime from hell and maybe death threats).
Save yourself some sanity learn to budget, and be disciplined enough to roll with the punches and make it work.
As an arguably intelligent adult, college was an enjoyable experience for me. Goofing around, acting like a fool, having loud (scholarly and slightly racist) debates over racial slurs and unrelated if necrophilia should be legal. I did two things I loved the most during college, learn new interesting shit, and be meself.
Granted I'm not in huge debt like other people since I went to community school and managed to weasel my way through with federal aid (tried applying for a few scholarships but I found them a huge was of my time).
Sad to say my high-school, a small rinky dink school, filled with cliches from hell stuck in the middle of a small town surrounded by corn fields that borders the Iowan/Nebraska border of the states prepared me more for life and a better job than my college career ever did.
Sad to say I blew about three years of my life, and ended up in a slightly sizable sum (though compared to others, I got off lucky.)
Instead I'm slowly learning discipline when it comes to spending money since I was taught to save, but never to budget. Budgeting and having the discipline not to impulse buy is a life saver. Literally makes life easier.
I have a love of programming so instead of getting bent over and screwed by college (like I previously was.) I've decided to take my education into my own hands and learn it. There's a lot of resources out there if you know where to look, but learn to budget and avoid the over-inflated balloon of higher education. Its a waste of your time unless your going in for something that is extremely important like medical school, or any branch of the legal system. at least then you'll be raking in the money in your sleep.