Student's announcement about dropping out of college goes viral on Facebook

OLATHE, Kan. (WDAF) -– A student at Kansas State University said even though he got a 4.0 GPA his first semester, he decided college is not for him. Billy Willson's Facebook status about quitting college has received a lot of attention with more than 20,000 reactions and more than 9,000 shares of the post.

On his Facebook page, Billy writes, "Yes, I have dropped out after finishing my first semester (with a 4.0) GPA. And it's one of the best choices I've ever made. Not because I am adverse to learning, but actually the exact opposite."

Willson called college a scam and said he doesn't want to pay to learn information he said he will never use.


The Olathe East graduate said he doesn't have an issue with K-State, and said he really liked the college, but he said he has an issue with the college system as a whole.

"The things I was learning outside of college through videos, books and talking to a couple of entrepreneurs as I am wanting to become one, I was learning much more that way, "he said.

Willson said his first semester at K-State was covered by scholarships and grants he earned, but he said he knew he would soon have to go into debt.

"I know a lot of people might see it as an investment but at the same time, especially with the internet these days, a lot of information that's available at college is also available online."

Willson said he ditched his plan to become an engineer and is opening up an online business instead. He told FOX 4 he thinks too many young people are pressured to go to college when it's not the best option for them. He said his parents have been very supportive of his decision.

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