If you know what you want to do and are comfortable with it, pursue it. If college is the way to get there, then go to college.
If you're still trying to decide what you might want to do, college is the wrong place to figure that out. It's expensive and you don't get a good feel for what the world of real work is genuinely like. You can burn through a lot of time and money without having much to show for it afterward and undermine your ability to attend college at a later date. You may be much better off working for a bit and getting a better idea what different career paths offer and what you think you'd be good at. It varies a lot for each person.
Of course, there are a lot of other factors that play into this, like scholarships and family obligations for instance. Also, keep in mind that for most career paths, a prestigious school isn't really any better than a small regional state-run college or university. The most important thing is that the specific program at that school is a good one. A bad program at a good school isn't a ticket to success. For instance, I know some computer science programs that are surprisingly bad at otherwise well known and respected schools.
Lastly, there is a strong "follow your passion" philosophy in pop culture these days that gets talked up a lot. Be careful when choosing to follow your passion, a lot of things can go wrong with that. For one, you can turn something you love into your job and take all the joy out of it, or not, but I speak from experience here and that's a real issue. You can also end up chasing your passion right into a crushing pile of student debt and come out on the other end without any viable career options to help you pay it off, which my daughter did. For every wild success story about someone who followed their passion there are hundreds of stories about how that didn't work out so well. Make good choices for yourself, but don't be blinded by this pop culture idea, temper it with a dose of pragmatic realism. Know how far out on a limb you can go without breaking it. Balance that pursuit with self-awareness.
For a lot of people, college is the last time that new experiences, knowledge, and people with similar interests and age are so densely packed together - so if you can, do take advantage of it and enjoy it!
You may still want to take some courses or look into a trade. But I disagree with some of the previous comments that suggest college is always needed. Sometimes it will cost you more than the degree is worth.