Yeah, I agree with what I think you're saying, is that there is too much emphasis on college.
I don't think college is for everyone. Some of the things people go to college for, I sometimes wonder why they can't just read a ****-load of curriculum and get their education straight from a book. I would think psychology or my past passion, art history, would be in that category. Like, why don't you just get to educate yourself and then take tests to see if you could be certified?
Look on the bright side: you are not going to be thousands of dollars in debt. My sister in law is 50 years old, a school teacher, and her mail still comes to our house (we live in my late in-laws house) for all the bills she STILL owes. Can you believe that?
Look, college doesn't make you a better person. Sometimes it makes people shitty. I observed throughout my life that the people who do the least amount of work and get paid the most are usually the managerial type who do the least amount of work. A degree helps you get into a position, but it's not the only way to get into a position like that. You gotta work hard to get there. But it gives you character. And I know that sounds like bull, but I mean it. Because life is not "what you are when you grow up". That way of looking at things makes you think that a person is just not a person until they get approval from a college? WTF! You've been a person you're whole life. In other words, you don't grow up and become anything. You've already been something since you were born, and you continue to learn as you live and to be somebody all throughout.
I didn't finish college but I read a lot after I got out, and I would say the best education I got was reading tons of used college books in my chosen subject on my way from Glendale to Pasadena on a bus to work.
I've seen people with degrees (um, my older sisters) be miserable in life. So do you want a piece of paper that purportedly says how smart you are, but you're miserable and owe tons of money - or would you rather just be happy, have friends, and one day you're own family?
Bottom line is, everyone needs to work and support themselves and/or family. Try to find a trade you can learn or get into a really big, stable corporation in your area that offers lots of room to grow and advance. Sometimes places of employment will pay your tuition. I was offered a chance to have my college paid for by a civil engineering firm in Santa Monica years ago if I learned auto-cad (which is a certificate class I believe). For personal reasons I couldn't do it at the time. But I got offered that as a gopher girl and file keeper.
I went to school part time in the first place, and took two classes. I was working at a menial job. I went into the college's career department and found that job to begin with, advertised at the college. So there's an idea for you.
Even taking one class can give you a connection, even at a community college. Take one class and use the college's resources, they have all the good jobs advertised there.
Trades like welding, plumbing, being an electrician can pay a lot of money without a degree but you need to go to a trade school. If you can't afford that, try getting a job where you can become an apprentice. That'll depend on where you live, but as an example: my husband dropped out of college in his first year. He got a job at a big aviation manufacturer in our state, through somebody his dad knew (never shy away from any contacts you can take advantage of). He was offered an apprenticeship and learned machining, and went on to learn different things and go to schools internally until he got his FAA license and now he's got this high paying inspector's job. He makes $70 k a year (same as his tenured-teacher sister) but gets lots of overtime so he grossed over $110k this year. He had to work a lot, but, we live, and we live comfortably with 3 kids who I stay home take care of. So we can survive with all of us on one income. So there's hope. In fact you really are ahead without having an college loans to pay back. Just make sure you spend and save wisely. When the time is right, you can always go back to school if you have made any money or can get an employer to do it (I know an insurance company that also pays to send people to college). You have lots of options. Just don't pass up a job because you think you're not good enough or it's too boring. Work your way, that's what it's all about whether you got the piece of paper or not!