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The College Connection | Dr. Timothy Lawler

The College Connection

College ConnectionSo it’s August once again, and this is usually a bittersweet time for students of all ages.  Yes, the summer is unofficially coming to a close, but the new school year is about to begin.  And for college students, it is one crazy time. 

Back to school parties and uniting with best friends after a 3 month separation is a very awesome and fun time.  Going to class in pajamas and late night coffee study sessions will soon become part of the daily routine.

The college world is truly a unique academic culture.  One that is looked back upon by most with a smile in the depths of their thoughts.  However, is it really worth it?

With the current economic situation and jobs becoming more scarce by the second, is college everything it’s cracked up to be? 

Why go literally tens (or even hundreds) of thousands of dollars into debt just to get a little piece of paper saying, “Yey! I did it!  I was able to pass a few tests and make a crapload of bad mistakes…and I survived!”  I mean, of all the knowledge you learn in college, the average graduate uses only about 10% of it at most.  They walk across the stage on graduation day into a world of stress they never even imagined. 

While on the flip side of the coin, they could  have started working on their “careers” (whatever that might be) four years earlier, as in the day they graduated from high school, be way ahead of the debt curve (as in like having zero college loan debt), and started contributing to their investments having that much more time for compound interest to be in their favor.  So I ask again…..is going to college really worth it?

And the answer that I have always stated is …… ABSOLUTELY! 

In my opinion, college has really nothing to do with actual academics or gaining the skill sets needed to survive in the real world.   Yes, it does show that you can apply yourself and focus on a topic or course long enough to succeed (aka pass numerous tests and/or give presentations).  

BUT what it really does is give you the environment to become the man or woman that you are today.  It is the best maturing process to becoming an adult that I know.  In my experience, most college grads don’t know jack about real world stuff (which is the whole point of this blog – to change that), but they have been through a whole lot.   Which ultimately means, they can conquer a whole lot if they put their minds to it. 

Now, I’m not saying that those who are unable afford to go to college or attend universities for whatever reason never really grow up.  That would be absurd.  This post is for the few that might be on the fence.  Those that cringe at the liabilities column in their life increasing.  Yes, you might accumulate some debt, but you will be a better person for it in the long haul.  For those peeps, I scream YES!  GO! 

It is an amazing experience, and one that you will never forget.

Until next time…..

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