Yes, I do still feel that 90% of my technical skill has been developed outside of my time at MICA. But I think the rest of those answers almost all depend on the individual and how each person approaches it.
My main reasons for continuing college are that I think it’s valuable for my growth as a person, and it’s helped me broaden my idea range and goals for what I could do with my work. I was very into the self-teaching/concept art forum kind of mindset in high school, and I’d say I’m personally much better suited to that method. My technical/fundamental skills would be further along if I had kept self-teaching instead of coming to MICA. But I think it’s been healthy for me at this time to broaden my perception of where I could go with my work, and to spend some time thinking about whether having the best technical skills should really be my end goal. I guess the biggest difficulty imo for a less-developed student would be that just passively following MICA’s program is a slow way to develop your technical skills, (and it’s easier not to be passive with your studies when you’re teaching yourself,) but that’s just from my perspective as someone who’s always been really excited about self teaching. If part of the reason you’re less developed is that you don’t have the motivation/work ethic to study and make art consistently on your own time, then maybe college is the fastest way for you to improve.
Because I worked as hard as I could before beginning college in order to have the skills to get a good scholarship, and I’m able to do freelance work during the summer/holidays, college is an option for me without being too astronomically unaffordable. If I hadn’t been at that skill level and then received a lower scholarship amount, I would have taken a gap year to work on my portfolio so that college could be financially possible.
There’s an incredible amount of options for art education right now! I want to develop my skills through as many different ways as possible, whether that’s by online classes, self-teaching, atelier programs, internships, or college. I’m still not completely sure that I’m doing the right thing by continuing my education here, but I would regret missing this opportunity. If college is an option for you it’s worth trying out, you can always do other things after.