Ladies, in my day, a woman who went to college and then did nothing with her degree but get married and stay home was referred to as having gone to college solely to get her MRS degree. Where I'm from (very rural area of Va.), if you and your family spent the $ for you go to college, you'd bloody well put it to good use. As for careers can wait, I disagree. It depends on what your degree was in, of course, but in this day and time, the world and technology changes faster than you know. If you don't bother to keep up with advancements in your field, by the time you decide to get out into the working world, you're going to be at a very BIG disadvantage. This is part/partial why women are paid less than men We gravitate toward lower paying fields, we also are absent from the work arena often during a person's most productive years. Add the 2 together and let's face it, the world isn't going to stop for you to decide to get back into the thick of things.
My husband is finding out just this very thing. When he was let go last year, he suddenly found himself in the world of reality in which he had buried his head in the sand for the last 29 years. He had was is commonly referred to as "company man mentality." IOW, if I do my job and take all the crap they dish out, the company will take care of me and I can retire in 30 years.
What he very rudely found out was that corporate mentality changed 20 years ago and he (and a lot of others our age) kept the blinders on. Now he's out having to pound the pavement and compete against those 20-30 years younger, with more tech savy, MBAs, and more career development than he was willing to admit he needed. Tho his company offered tutition remission for management classes, he always had an excuse NOT to take them up on it. Even when I was practically begging him to start on his MBA, his attitude was that he didn't need it.
He's found out, in a VERY painful way, how NOT keeping up with what's going on in the world and keeping up your skills and education, can hurt you BIG TIME. Going along blindly can have devastating effects.
We are very lucky to have the CHOICE to make and not have it made for us. But IMHO, if you're going to put the time and expense of going to college, you need to put it to good use and not waste it. Otherwise, why did you even bother in the first place?