I love learning. It’s school I can’t stand. Often times school gets in the way of actual teaching through the restrictions on testing and grading. Does anyone care what grades Bill Gates got in high school? What matters less than grades is what people actually do. it’s pointless to get high grades if you can’t do anything unless someone lays out a structured curriculum for you to follow. Such people will be academically intelligent and socially stupid.
What’s more important than a college degree is actually having a skill that others will be willing to pay for. In the book “College Unbound,” the author makes the point that college no longer needs to be a fixed location where people sit through a class and listen to a professor lecture. Instead of such traditional settings, there are online courses and hybrid courses that mix class time with online learning. There are also flipped models where students learn online through videos and use class time to discuss difficult concepts.
In the old days, college was the only way to learn. Today, there are personalized instruction where students can take classes at their convenience. However the big question is whether a college degree is necessary any more, especially with so many people starting companies and skipping college altogether.
Sometimes college can teach you things and expose you to new ideas that you may never have known about before. Other times, college can be a complete waste of time, sitting in a boring classroom and wasting time. So the answer is that college can be good and bad, but it’s up to you to decide what you want. For many people, they simply want the credential of a college degree, which most likely means these people will spend a lifetime underemployed and frustrated because their college degree doesn’t automatically grant them happiness and wealth.
If you see a college degree as a way to open doors for you, you’ll likely wind up working for shallow people who also think that a piece of paper somehow translates into competency. That means you’ll likely wind up working for idiots and morons who value appearances over actual results. You don’t want to work for people like that.
Instead, you want a college degree not for the paper, but for the experiences and lessons you can get that you might not get anywhere else. When you see college as a learning experience and less than a meal ticket to a high paying job, you’ll actually have knowledge and skills you can actually use to create useful results for others. That’s the true purpose of a college degree, but you don’t have to go to a traditional college to get it.
The best education is one that you control. If all your friends are going to college and you want to go too, that makes zero sense unless you have a bigger picture in mind. If you don’t know why you’re going to college, then take time to answer that question, or else you’ll risk wasting years and money answering that question while wasting time and going into debt in the process. Or you can examine your reasons for going to college for free.
Ultimately it’s not college that makes a person but a person’s curiosity about life that makes that person. People can satisfy their curiosity about life in college, but they can also do that outside of college too. Is college worth the cost? Maybe, but maybe not.
College isn’t an automatic meal ticket for the future and an easy life, but a chance to improve yourself as a person. College can be valuable, but only for people with clear goals willing to take advantage of it.