I’ve heard the question asked recently about whether it is worth it to get a college education. Pundits in print and on TV have offered that there are many successful men and women who never went to college, or at least who didn’t get a degree.
I read a news story just last week about the number of college grads working outside their field; English majors waiting tables or math majors serving as clerks at convenience stores.
I remember a counselor at Cal Poly 50 years ago who told college students who were having trouble picking a major, “Just get a degree in anything, you’ll get your education later.”
In my own field of journalism, I’ve had reporters with a degree in journalism unable to find or write a news story while at times a biology major was my best reporter. I’ve encountered non-college workers with amazing skills while some with degrees piled on degrees could only sit and make lists.
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Individual talents and personality always drive success in the real world.
The cost of getting a college degree these days is obscene; it is a financial hardship on students and parents far too huge.
But, to me, a college education is priceless.
I will always come down in favor of going to college.
I think a college education produces better citizens.
Regardless of your field of study, obtaining a college degree exposes a person to literature, art, music, philosophy, science and math. The English major must take so many units of science and the chemistry major has to suffer through a class in English literature, drama and poetry.
Most everyone spends some time in a basic psychology class.
My brother and I were the first of our generation of cousins to go to college. Others have followed.
In my case, I was encouraged to go to college by a high school teacher, not my parents. They would have been just as pleased with me if I had chosen to go into the poultry business.
I could still have gone into the chicken business after getting a degree. An enlightened poultry husbandman raises happier chickens that lay more eggs.Or it provides him with the means to express all the angst garnered from those youthful chicken experiences in a column such as this one.
Seriously, never, never discount the value of a college education, whether it be a two-year or four-year one.
It is good for the individual, and it is certainly good for the nation.