Re: s/o College and employment
I have a degree, DH does not. Through a combination of good luck and very hard work, he has a career that pays pretty well and is secure, but we are both aware how increasingly rare that is becoming.
We are self sufficient.
Having dropped out midway through my college freshman year, and subsequently taking 12 years to complete the degree, I hope my kids will realize how much easier their lives will be if they go straight through.