Sometimes finishing college, even when you're just a few credits or even a couple weeks away, seems hopeless. That doesn't mean the good life is impossible, though, according to living examples listed here.
Titans of industry, celebrities known throughout the world and the most powerful figures in politics were, at one point, looking at notices from their schools and working up the courage to walk away. However stressful that was, these 18 examples that college isn't for everyone -- especially if you're incredibly lucky, good-looking, intelligent, driven, talented, etc. already.
Check out the list we gathered and let us know who surprised you:
Turner was expelled from Brown University after he was caught with a woman in his dorm room, which was against college regulations. He is now known as a wildly-successful businessman for founding CNN and TNT.
Plouffe left the University of Delaware in 1989 to pursue a full-time career in politics. He later went back and completed his full undergraduate degree in May 2010. He is known today as the senior advisor to President Barack Obama.
DeGeneres dropped out of the University of New Orleans, after one year of studying communications, to get her start as a stand-up comedian.
Woods dropped out of Stanford University after two years to start a sports career as a professional golfer.
Zuckerberg dropped out of Harvard University and moved to Palo Alto, Calif. to encourage the world to "share" through his revolutionary social network.
Simmons left Manhattan City College a few credits shy of a degree in sociology. Then he formed <a href="http://www.notablebiographies.com/news/Sh-Z/Simmons-Russell.html#b" target="_hplink">Rush Management</a>, a management company for artists. Now, he is known for co-founding the pioneering hip-hop label Def Jam.
Pitt dropped out of the journalism school at the University of Missouri with just two weeks before graduation. Today, he is basically photographed during every public second of his day. Together with his wife Angelina Jolie, Pitt supports the tabloid journalism industry by walking around with his children.
Bedingfield dropped out of the University of Greenwich after one year to focus on singing and songwriting. Her album, <em>Unwritten</em>, debuted at #1 in England.
Jobs dropped out of Reed College in Portland, Oregon only after 6 months, but he did continue to audit classes. He was co-founder, chairman, and chief executive officer of Apple Inc.
Madonna dropped out of University of Michigan to pursue a career in dance. Today she is one of the world's top-selling female recording artists of all time according to <a href="http://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/news/2012/4/madonna-beats-elviss-no1-albums-record-as-mdna-tops-uk-chart/" target="_hplink">The Guinness Book of World Records. </a>
Wentz dropped out of DePaul University, where he studied political science, one quarter shy of graduation to focus on his music career. Now he is known as the bassist and primary lyricist for the American rock band Fall Out Boy. He also started his own record label, launching Panic! At The Disco and many of the biggest bands on the Warped Tour as well as hit-makers Cobra Starship.
West dropped out of Chicago State University to focus on his music career. He is now a famous rapper (and Kim Kardashian's boyfriend) and runs his own label, GOOD Music. Never one to shy away from his past or to dodge controversy, West owned his decision, calling his debut album <em>College Dropout</em>.
Winfrey dropped out of Tennessee State University in 1972. Then she became anchor of WTFV-TV and focused on her career. She finished her degree in 1987. She is known for her successful self-titled talk show, her magazine, her own television channel and a leading global philanthropist.
Gates dropped out of Harvard after two years to found Microsoft with Paul Allen.
Mayer dropped out of Berklee College of Music in Boston, Mass. after two semesters and moved to Atlanta with a friend to start a two-man band.
Lauren dropped out of Baruch College in New York after two semesters and served in the United States Army. Though he never attended fashion school, his brand is among the most visible in the world.
Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta (her legal name) dropped out of New York University's Tisch School of the Arts after her freshman year to shock the world and grow her legion of monsters.
Lennon was expelled from Liverpool College of Arts before his final year. He went on to tour as the rhythm guitarist and singer for The Beatles, so the universe is probably better off that he didn't graduate.