College isn’t for everyone, but success can be


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The world has benefited from Steve Jobs’s talents.

Alejandro Laine Cruz, Staff writer

Steve Jobs is one of those people who prove that a college education is not the only road to wealth. He went to Reed College in Portland, Oregon, but dropped out after one semester. (

Jobs was born in 1955, adopted by his parents in Cupertino. As he grew up, he discovered an affinity for engineering and, after dropping out of college, he got a job working for Atari as a video game designer in 1974.

Jobs reconnected with Stephen Wozniak, a former high school friend who was working for the Hewlett-Packard Company. Wozniak told him about designing his own computer logic board and the two of them went into business together. They created the Apple I, a computer was built in Jobs’s family garage after they collected money selling some of their belongings. (

While he did not have a traditional education, Jobs was one of the first entrepreneurs to understand that the personal computer would appeal to a broad audience. Apple was founded on April 1, 1976,

Later, Jobs became a majority shareholder of Pixar, a computer graphics firm. He made Pixar into the major animation studio it is today. Pixar produced the first full-length feature film that was completely computer-animated, Toy Story, in 1995, the same year Jobs became a billionaire. About a decade later, he sold Pixar to the Disney Company. (Wikipedia).

While his financial situation was growing, Jobs’s health suffered. In October 2003, he was diagnosed with a malignant growth in his pancreas. In most cases, pancreatic cancer has a poor prognosis, and; Jobs claimed to have an “islet cell neuroendocrine tumor,” a rare and less aggressive form. He told his employees about his cancer diagnosis in the middle of 2004, but he said that he didn’t want medical intervention for nine months.

In April 2009, he underwent surgery with a liver transplant, but a year and a half he was put on medical leave of absence. On October 5, 2011, Steve Jobs died due to complications from his pancreatic neuroendocrine tumor. His family held a small private funeral for him (Wikipedia). .