Any Devs after college (CS)? Does studying CS at University made you a better developer, better person? Was it a waste of time? Looking for any motivation, attending college in my country is free

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    Had tried to study twice. 1st time was shitty uni in my country for free (software engineering), had quit in 1st semester.

    2nd time was top 130 (worldwide) uni in Netherlands (AI course), had completely opposite experience. Anyway, had to quit because of financial inability, just couldn’t study and work full time at once, so found a job and kept working.

    Now I am in similar situation like yours, not sure if I should go back and get a degree or just follow my career in development. I actually miss all the people around, hanging out, discussing stuff, making projects together. Now I am completely alone, don’t even know anyone in my city.
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    @gintko I'm in college yet all my friends spend all their time studying and none on programming for fun so I don't have anyone to do projects with neither :(
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    @gintko but drinking buddies are available 24h/7
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    Dropped out of Uni during my third year almost 3 years ago. I was never a good student and hardly paid attention because of my ego. I was already working as a junior developer while I was in Uni, but after I left, I found work as a web dev teacher at the local co-working space. This gave me the opportunity to learn more about the industry I cared about and explore new ones thanks to the local community. Earlier this year, I relocated to a new country, where I'm currently in a management position for a team of developers at a start-up.

    tl;dr: Engage with your local community and build a portfolio around projects you care about. Don't just spend all of your time in a classroom doing homework. You will also learn far more applicable skills outside of the Uni.
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    if it's free, I'd say try it. But I also like taking opportunities.

    Uni's usually also have cool projects and tons of research groups through which you could have access to state of the art technology, be it VR or Robotics. This is something you might not find that easily on the job market, and is usually worth looking into.

    If you simply want to be an admin later on or web dev, then you probably don't need the degree, since universities teach lots of theory usually which you won't need for that (likely).

    I'm sure I offended someone...
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