Who told you college is a waste of money? If so they either fell into money from their parents, got lucky, or dont have any money. School is an invesment in yourself. If you have college its always something to fall back on it. Sure you can be mechanic and some people are quite successful in doing it. But the majority of mechanic types are not rich people they make an honest living at 20-25 bucks an hour but nothing write home about. You can make it without school, but it is becoming more and more difficult to do so. May I add its proven that somebody with college will make one million dollars more in their life than somebody else, Spread that out over 30 year working career and your talking 33 grand more a year. Trust me its true 2-3 of my friends dont have college and thats about right. Heres the thing with college. I had friend that didnt go and right out of HS made 18-20 bucks an hour, and sat there and had a new car and thought they were rich and I was stupid for going school. Fast forward 8 years and I now make 10-15 bucks more an hour then them, and have better cars, houses, and boats.
Heres the thing with college dont go to school for something that doesnt have a future. Dont pick a degree because its easy or fun. I would say do something you like but pick something that you can sell to employers. If you want to be a teacher fine get an english degree but if you do not end up teaching good luck with an english degree. And thats where people trip up. Look into business, social science degree either those can be used in a lot of different applications.