I am a freshman at college but I feel college, specially community college, is holding me back from developing my career as a computer scientists. I wasn't able to go to my college of choice due to financial reasons and now I am stuck at a community college for the next 2 - 3 years and I feel I could develop my career in my field much faster if instead of spending 12 hours a day on college related things, I spent it actually programming and developing my own projects. I take my brother as an example he wasn't able to go to college for the same reasons as me but he has being learning how to program on his own for about 2 - 3 years and now he is about to publish his first mobile game on the Google App store (and he has only being doing this on his spare time). I know most junior college students don't have enough experience to develop such a complex project. Now going back to me, I am going to spend the next 2 - 3 years at college and I am only going to take 2 classes related to my major from which I won't be learning anything new since I am far ahead of the material covered in class. I feel if I instead of putting that much work into General Ed at college I instead put that energy into programming I would develop my skills much faster.
Should I drop college?
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I agree with aMuse. I'm not a programmer, but I've worked in engineering for years. Yes, the degree is important for getting jobs. For most companies it's an absolute requirement. So is experience. If you don't have the degree, a lot of hiring managers will just throw away your resume without even looking at it. Seriously.
While you're there you can take as many programming classes as you can. They certainly have classes in subjects you don't already know. You are young and don't know what direction your future will take. So take as many classes in your field as you can. Throwing in some math and sciences won't hurt either. And learning some hardware can be useful also.
One nice thing about community college in California is they have much better transfer to full uni than most state. For many degrees you can get your entire first two years at community college then transfer to uni as a junior if you want. You can't do that in most states. It's also EXTREMELY cheap compared to other states. (or at least it was when I lived there in the 90s).3