While choosing a career over going to college sounds like a straightforward decision, in Korea -- a country defined by the enormous pressure to succeed academically (this includes going to college) -- taking the step of faith and choosing the career option can be a daunting prospect.  However, whoever said college was the only way to succeed?! Especially in today's world where college graduates abound, but jobs grow scarce...for some... opting for a career over the 'college experience' might just be a smarter choice to make! Keep reading to find out which of your favorite stars hit it big by choosing a career over college!

Bae Su Ji (Suzy) 

Mega star Bae Su Ji decided to concentrate on her career rather than go to university. Her decision seems to payed off big as the 23 year old singer/actress has become a major star in the industry!


Lee Ji Eun (IU) 

23 year old singer/actress Lee Ji Eun (IU) is another mega star that decided to spend more time on her career than continue her schooling! However, while jokingly admitting that her high school grades were not good enough...she did admit that she would like to go to university when ready.

While she hasn't gone to college yet, her huge success as a soloist and recent female lead in the hit drama 'Scarlet Heart: Ryeo' is proof that her hard work and focus has paid off. 

IU has also received the Prime Minister’s Commendation in the 2015 Korean Popular Culture and Arts Awards


Kwon Bo Ah (BoA) 

Perhaps the pioneer of idols choosing career over studies, 30 year old singer BoA decided early on that she doesn't need a college degree to become what she had always wanted to be. As a testament to her hard work, BoA has gained international recognition as a singer.


Yoo Seung Ho 

23 year old actor Yoo Seung Ho decided to take a different route after he finished high school. Instead of college, Yoo enlisted in the army right after his high school graduation. As soon as he came out of the army, Yoo was chosen to be the lead character for SBS drama 'Remember: War of the Son’ (2015). 


BTS’ Rap Monster 

The 22 year old BTS leader, who is known for his songwriting and composing abilities, also gave up college in order to dedicate his time to his career. 

On Thursday, the day of the nationwide college entrance exam, Rap Monster wrote via Twitter to the exam takers, “I am reminded of the days when I endlessly pored over problem books and notes. I hope all my dreams and fantasies of a university campus life goes to you. I hope to take up studying again someday, too. I support you with all my heart! May my prayer stay with you throughout the exam.”


BTS’ Jungkook 

Jungkook is the youngest out of the 6 stars, currently 19 years old, and although he should have taken the national scholastic exam this year, he choose not to go to university...at least not yet. His dedication to his trade is sure to pay off as BTS recently entered the US Billboard charts at No. 26 with their album ‘Blood, Sweat and Tears’. 


Have these Korean stars inspired you to follow your dreams? Would you give up college to pursue a career? Let us know your thoughts below!

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