When looking for "the one" everyone has their expectations and their deal-breakers. Essentially, you want to find someone who is the most similar to you and therefore, the most compatible. But sometimes opposites do attract. Sometimes you could really connect with someone you have nothing in common with on paper.
Could you date someone who didn't go to college?
Being "college-educated" does not necessarily mean you are educated, and not being "college-educated" does not necessarily mean you are not educated. There is so much more to knowledge and education than the piece of paper many pay thousands for. Are they well-read? Are they up on current events? These are better indicators.
And oftentimes, the fear with dating someone without a college degree (if you have one) is that they will make less money than you, but that isn't necessarily the case. There are many people out there with great jobs who never went to college. If you are looking for an equal (or greater) contributing partner to your household/family, a college degree may not necessarily be a requirement. The real question is do they have vision? goals? ambition? Are they a hard-worker and are they willing to do whatever it takes to provide for your family?
Another fear, especially for women, is that this imbalance will make your partner feel insecure or uncomfortable. And that is actually a valid fear. But if this is something you have to at least find out. You owe it to yourself and them to at least see if they will act a certain way or say certain comments that reveal an insecurity. But if they don't have a problem with it, then neither should you.
You may even think you'll have nothing in common. It makes sense, and there will be times where you won't have things in common. They may not understand your college experience and what certain things were like, but likewise, they may not understand what your job is like. That's where you come in to EXPLAIN IT! It's okay. You won't have identical childhoods either.
Ultimately, you have to look beyond someone's academic background and focus on what really matters. Are you attracted to them? Do you feel a connection with them? Could you see yourself with them in the long-run? Let these things be your deciding factors. And the very least, keep an open mind and give them a chance.
What do you think? Could you date someone who didn't go to college?
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