The answer to the question: “Is College Worth The Money?” is YES … so please go to the best college you can afford because there are doors in life that will be easier for you to open if you have a college degree.
That being said, there are pros and cons to attending college and a right / wrong mindset that you need to be aware of.
In a new book, “Academically Adrift: Limited Learning on College Campuses,” sociologists Richard Arum of New York University and Josipa Roksa of the University of Virginia, are of the opinion that “College Students in the US are not learning Much“
Reporting on a study of more than 2,300 undergraduates they discovered that 45 percent of students show no significant improvement in the key measures of critical thinking, complex reasoning and writing by the end of their sophomore years.
Based on the findings of the report, it looks like students who work hard, drain their personal or parent’s savings and take on a huge debt to go to college … are not getting what they paid for!
I believe that college is worth the money, if you know how to get the best out of it.
Here is my advice on the matter:
Go to college to expand your mind: Study a topic that you are really curious about and intellectually invested in.
While you are at college, seek to understand or learn or acquire knowledge as a means to personal enlightenment and not as a means to making more money or finding a job.
Go to college to study your passion: Study a science or art that you genuinely want to make a heartfelt contribution to.
The process of trying to make a contribution to your industry will let you know if you are passionate enough about it or if you have the goods to succeed in that industry.
If you can’t think of a way to improve the industry while you are surrounded by volumes of books and some of the smartest folks in the world, then you may be studying for the wrong career!
Go to college to connect with your industry: Use your time in college to connect with or network with potential employers.
Get a real-world part-time or full-time job and do something practical along the lines of your career regardless of whether you get paid for it or not.
The feedback that you get from a real-world job is invaluable! It allows you to get the type of handson experience or practical skills that results in a good offer after graduation.
Do not go to college to get a job: Going to college solely for the purpose of getting a job is a waste of your time and money.
You will not learn any real-world skills from college and you will probably not learn much from your college studies either as the authors:p Arum and Roksa point out.
Going to college does not entitle you to a career: I have hired, worked with and advised college graduates who are basically adrift in their careers because they assume that they are entitled to a career because they have for example a computer science college degree.
These group of people find it very very hard to empty themselves of their preconceived notions of what society owes them and they typically have too high an opinion of themselves to start from the bottom or build their career up!
They are typically very opinionated, very low in practical skills or experience and very high in expectations of what they will earn or what their skills will command in the market.
Going to college can be worth the money, if you have the right set of expectations about what it offers or will not offer you.
While in college, endeavor to widen your mind, your horizons and your vision.
Finally make the best use of your time in college by working on real world projects so that you can build the relevant skills or experience before you graduate.