Colleges/Universities for us conscious free-thinkers??

 Kosta (@kosta33) 7 years, 11 months ago

hey guys, currently been out of the college scene for 2 years now and finally thinking about going back.

What colleges offer a more unorthodox based curriculum in terms of creativity/personal growth and more spiritual based majors (sustainability, consciousness, evolution, science of happiness etc)??

I just hated feeling like another number enrolled into the system back when i was attending but have realized my potential is far greater in todays world with that piece of paper as stupid as it is

December 2, 2013 at 6:38 pm
JonH (1,139)C (@IJesusChrist) 7 years, 11 months ago ago

@kosta33, Many large State universities have holistic studies now. U of Minnesota, TC did.

However if you go to a “spiritual based” university or college, expect tuition to double, your debt to follow, and your chance to find any way to fulfill that debt diminished.

If you go to university, go to a large one where you can expand if you want to.

Don’t underestimate the power debt has over you.

Tim (131) (@ceaseandassist) 7 years, 11 months ago ago

You really don’t need to rely on a college for what you’re seeking. Unless you want to be in debt, I’d stay away and keep disciplined in self-studies; you’ll learn just as much, if not more. There’s always plenty of associations, clubs, etc that offer what you’re seeking.

Joel (40) (@jp907) 7 years, 11 months ago ago

@kosta33, Evergreen State, Olympia, Washington.

Edit: Also, less pretentiousness. I know it’s not intentional, but implying everyone else is unconscious and close-minded isn’t going to work out too well for you psychologically.

Morgan Hensley (185) (@mghensley) 7 years, 11 months ago ago

@kosta33, I feel like you can learn about those at any relatively large school (>5,000~).
Evolution = Biology
Sustainability = Environmental Studies
Consciousness & Science of Happiness = Psychology

The key is going to a large enough school. Larger schools offer more classes, thus they would be more likely to be accommodating to your specialized interests. Not to mention they have larger libraries and more students/professors to exchange thoughts with.

The truth is, a degree can be very important. A diploma increases your job prospects, and increasing your job prospects opens up a lot more possibilities to find something you love and do what you can to make the world a better place.

Finally, the student body is important as your interacting with other minds that have the knowledge and ability to help you impact the world in whatever way you see fit.

TL;DR Go to a college, it doesn’t matter which one.

Anonymous (0) (@) 7 years, 11 months ago ago

@kosta33, If you’re more interested in getting a holistic education, take some classes at a community college. It’s cheaper, you don’t have to worry about a degree, and your credits will probably transfer. Class options may be a bit narrower, depending what CC. At most colleges you’ll be paying extra for the “experience” of college life though.

Michael Fern (0) (@Fern808) 7 years, 11 months ago ago

Evergreen state college. I go to school there now and it’s super awesome! Instead of having multiple classes we have one program, but there are many focuses within that program. Really great for environmental science and in pretty much every program sustainability is taught in some way. Lots of creativity based programs as well. Everybody there is super friendly and looks out for each other. And there are no grades! You just gotta check it out online, definitely recommend it.

Anonymous (107) (@) 7 years, 11 months ago ago

@kosta33, I read your blog and…. do you really want to change your mind about college? haha. I don’t know what your end goal is though.

I kept trying to force myself into college because I didn’t believe in myself enough to let the world judge me for not having a degree. Now I feel that I might as well learn to fight that now since I want to work for myself anyway.

FantasyBeats (0) (@fantasybeats) 7 years, 11 months ago ago

Hampshire College in Amherst Massachusetts.. I totally wish I had chosen to go there.. my parents didn’t want me to and since they were footing the bill I didn’t.. but I regret it.

Psychonaut (133) (@psychonaut) 7 years, 11 months ago ago

@kosta33, It seems to me like you should be studying philosophy. There are various branches that correspond to the intellectual development you are seeking. Just find a university that’s not solely focused on the Western Analytic tradition. It was suggested that pursuing self-studies would be more beneficial, but I will have to disagree. When dealing with esoteric subject matter, having a professor who is fluent in the works of a particular philosopher, theory, etc. is of immense value to the learning experience and direction of thought.

maia (0) (@leafpapaya) 7 years, 10 months ago ago

Not sure if this is what you had in mind, but I did hear about this school a while back:

“Consciousness-based Education
Students also study each subject in light of fundamental principles of their own consciousness. These are universal principles of life that enable students to see the unity among all fields of knowledge and the connection between knowledge and their own self.

Education until now has been information-based. At MUM we go beyond acquiring information by developing consciousness and brain functioning.”

“The Block System
Students take one full-time course per month. This allows them to immerse themselves in a field of study without the stress of 3-4 other classes at the same time. The 3 ½-day break between each academic block gives students time for rest and recreation throughout the year.”

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