Hey everyone. So my name is Chris and I actually found this website yesterday. I have been on it non-stop today in between my crazy college schedule. I have found a lot of people who are posting about how bad college is! They speak about how they learn nothing and pay all of this money. So…. I have been thinking and I believe my thoughts are firm on the subject.
Yes, college is freaking expensive…. but, it is just something that one needs to complete. I took many “stupid,” general classes in my years as being a business major. Some include: Geology, French, and Weather and Climate. I have also been in a lot of business classes that could easily be taught using YouTube. But, what I gained so far from college has been an experience.
I have never learned so much about life in general until I came to college. I went from a fat kid who plays video games to the kid in the gym every day running around campus and networking. I could write down the information I retained from college thus so far on about 3 pages and not even fill them up. But, I could tell you stories about how I grew individually for days.
I am not sure if I learned so much from college or just generally from my age in life. But, I figured I would share the way I feel with anyone who cares….
Yeah. I definitely agree that college is pathetically expensive in the US, but people who say you don’t need it and that you don’t learn anything must be confused. I’m in my first year of college and have already learned more shit than I learned in 12 years of grade school. Socially and academically. What they also don’t understand is that some people love to learn. Even if it is useless knowledge, it’s still fun to learn and to exercise the brain, especially if you’re more of the cerebral type.
Yeah, I agree. I guess I was focusing more on how I advanced socially. But, you could also make the remark…”you get what you put in.” I recently broke up with my long term girlfriend and found that in my new free time I am engaging in my homework and not just getting by.
When you say you “advanced socially” – do you believe that you have gained a community that will forever be there for you?
Not necessarily. I have advanced by networking, coming out of my shell and doing things I never would have thought I would ever done. For example.. landing an awesome internship, being able to talk to any person even a stranger in the elevator.
I understand what you mean. I feel like people saying to go to college for the purpose of being educated and getting a job is a scam because the classes I have taken I feel comes from knowledge I could have gained reading books at the library. Especially since at my school, certain classes people have been longing to take don’t get offered every year and there are also cool classes that require driving to another city and I don’t have a car. But if I had to ask myself what I have gained from four years of college is what I learned about myself. I learned that I have my bitchy side, my persevering side, my loyalty side, my funny side, my pushover side, and that I can be a fighter when I’m being bothered. I wouldn’t have learned all of that about myself without interactions. Education these days cares more about whether you pass. Not whether you’ve learned. So I agree, go to college to experience yourself.
Mate, that’s totally how I think about it too. College is not necessarily for the stuff you learn, it’s all the experiences around it. It seems to be a trend nowadays for people saying that they quit college because there is no point or it’s a slave system or what ever. They totally miss the point in my opinion. It’s about the great experiences, the people you meet, the networks you make, the free time you have etc.
I agree. I am not ruling out that you can do this without college. I think college has amazing benefits. I would have never networked with the people and made crazy connections that I have if I wasn’t in college. I wouldn’t have experienced living in a dorm, I wouldn’t have experienced having to take a test at 8am extremely hungover.