Welcome @P1cklenos3! I’ll try my best to help you…
I am currently 18 (and from the Philippines), taking a Computer Science degree from a prestigious university far from my hometown. I entered with no costs at all, thanks to a law passed granting college students free tuition depending on the university chosen.
I had the idea of not entering university, because I thought learning web development on my own with resources such as freeCodeCamp and The Odin Project would be enough for me to get a job.
But then I looked through job posts in my country regarding web development through LinkedIn or JobStreet (a job posting website like the former). Almost all of them require you to have this degree or that degree and… it made me think that if I don’t get one… I might have a hard time getting accepted to an interview as well as a position in this field.
This left me with no choice but to pursue a degree in CS and… even though I don’t like the way my professors teach me things (giving you things to read and answer, but then forgetting most of them days later), I am actually grateful that I would be spending my 4 years here.
Why? Well other than leveraging the universities programs (like internships), I would have the time to learn what I needed for Full Stack Development (while also balancing out my subjects).
Because really, if you think about it… once you graduate out of university… employers would welcome you with open arms thanks to the skills you have learned outside (and inside) through being industrious and having persistence.
That is what most employers want. Someone who is passionately curious to learn things by him/herself and accepting that hey… mistakes happen… what’s important is that we realize those mistakes and try to correct them through any means.
And if you can’t correct them, we could try to settle back and think what we did wrong… or press the reset button for you to refresh yourself and start again.
To summarize: I think its best if you stick to your degree as long as you can cover the costs (whether it is cheap or free). Leverage the universities programs like internships, continue to learn outside and if you think some of the concepts being taught to you on the inside are beneficial… learn them.
After that, you will graduate out of university with the skills needed for you to find the job you wanted or needed…
I don’t know which country you are living in, but don’t be. The opposite is true here, almost all students (probably) studying at the university I am entering are not married.
Yes, maybe some of them have boy/girlfriends… but because of my culture, most of them probably don’t want to (or are afraid to) get married as they are still studying at university.
I also still live with my mom currently… and she still likes (or loves) my company (since I am the one who cooks for our food).