*Accidentally removed my message. Damn. I don't feel like typing the whole thing again so I'll keep it short: I'm 22 years old and I'm a freshman at what's internationally known as the best Dutch university. Our system of high school is different from the US and is separated into different levels. You need the highest high school diploma to study at university level and many people look up to those who do. To be honest I'm only studying in order to receive a good diploma and to secure a good job in the future. However, I don't think I need the diploma. I believe that if I focus my mind on making money, read good books, acquire knowledge from these forums, that I can make a decent income and live my dream. My "dream" is simply to be free: to maybe work 20 hours a week, read, write and travel. Should I just go for it? Cons: - I'll be stuck with 5K extra student debt which would otherwise be cleared if I received a diploma - I can no longer travel the country for free throughout the week - I no longer receive around 150 euros for "free" each month (muh socialism) - I'll have no degree whatsoever - Risk of failing in building an income online and being forced to work a shitty job Pros: - I'll be stress-free. I can read the books I want to read, and write whenever I feel like it, without being molded by society - The time I'd otherwise spend on studying I can now use to focus on making money online - I can basically do what serves me the most: reading and writing, meditating, working out I still live with my parents so I'm not forced to get a job whatsoever. I have some money on the side which will last me a while. Should I quit studying, build up an income online and just do what I love?