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This is a short introduction of myself. I am currently attending college. I live in Canada. I am attending Wilfrid Laurier University. I am trying to obtain a BA in Psychology. I need to spend another year or two before I finish my BA in Psychology. I like my major. I enjoy studying psychology. Even though it can be difficult at times, it is overall not too difficult for me. My grades are not exceptionally good. My average is only a B- or a 70 to 72 percent for all of my courses. The main reason my grades are so low is because I waste too much of my time on the Internet.

I have a pretty low self-esteem. I need to do better for my other classes because I need to have a B minus average in all of my courses in order to obtain my degree. Unfortunately I occasionally get grades that are in the D and C range which somewhat brings my average down a bit.

As for my college experience, I think it was worthwhile because I got to meet a lot of interesting people and make a lot of friends. Also I learned a lot of useful content in the courses I was taking. The most important skill a liberal arts degree should teach you is the ability to critically think and analyze information. Yes memorizing information is very important, but the only way you can memorize information is if you understand it. Without understanding the information you are trying to memorize, you will not be able to learn it.

I think college is worth it to me, because I am going to college for the RIGHT reasons. I am not going to college in order to make a lot of money. I am going to college in order to receive an enlightenment. I believe enlightenment is much more important than money because being enlightened is how you make the world a better place.

I believe many people undervalue the importance of a liberal arts education because they think it is useless. I believe these people are being naïve because a liberal arts education is perhaps one of the most important things you can possibly have. It teaches you how to critically think, analyze information and write and talk fluently and eloquently. These skills are invaluable.

However, I don't believe you should go deeply into debt for college because contrary to popular belief, college does not guarantee you a high-paying job. College only increases the chances of you getting a high-paying job. However, it is more or less true that without a college degree, it is near impossible to enter the middle class these days. Without a college degree, the only jobs you can do are low-paying service sector jobs like a cashier at Walmart.

My point is simple. Only go to college if you are seeking enlightenment and knowledge. Do NOT treat college as a ticket to the middle class, a ticket to the middle class, then you will likely end up disappointed when college is unable to get you a middle-class job, and you are also saddled with an enormous amount of student loan debt. because if you do, you will likely end up being disappointed. If you burrow an enormous amount of debt for college and treat it as though it is

That's my advice to you. Don't believe the disappointed people that think college is a scam. It is NOT a scam. These people only think college is a scam because they went deeply into debt for a college degree and couldn't find a high-paying, middle class job. Do NOT expect college will guarantee you a high-paying, middle-class job. In fact, don't even expect college will land you with a job that will the field that you desire.

I will even go further and suggest that you might end up being a cashier at Walmart for the rest of your life after college graduation. But at least with a college degree, you are more likely to get promoted at Walmart and become a manager. Thereby allowing you to make a large amount of money. On the other hand, your friends that don't have a college education will likely never get promoted and end up as a cashier for the rest of their lives, and make little to no money.

My bottom line is DO NOT go to college because you want a high-paying job, a middle class life and other such nonsense. Only go to college for the enlightenment, and hope that you will end up doing a job that you will like for the rest of your life.
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I went about going to college a little differently. I got my 2-year Associate's Degree and got a job in the field at entry level, worked there for a while, and they paid for me to get my Bachelor's degree. I did all my studies online, and most of my 2-year credits transferred to the 4-year degree. I learned the "why" in college, unlike the "how" in technical college. Both were awesome experiences for me and got me into a good job.

What path someone takes is their decision; some jobs require a degree, some don't. Personally, I think I got more out of the 4-year having experience in the field before starting it.
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College is not about what you have learned, but the people you have met.
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If you don't go to college, you're making your life harder -- that's what I think.

I thank God I went because yes, you need it, and it's necessary to become an adult I think. I've matured leaps and bounds since I started.
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Yes, it was worth it because I learned a lot of useful things, but I did not get a job that I like
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I'm working towards my degree now but when I first went to college years ago to do some random course, I was excited. Yeah!..meet some new people, cute girls, it's all good. Reality? A bunch of posers, weeaboos and immature girls. So when I go back to study in Sep, I think I will just avoid everyone.
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Posted 6/8/15

GayAsianBoy wrote:

Yes, it was worth it because I learned a lot of useful things, but I did not get a job that I like

What is your job, by the way?
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I'm working towards my degree now but when I first went to college years ago to do some random course, I was excited. Yeah!..meet some new people, cute girls, it's all good. Reality? A bunch of posers, weeaboos and immature girls. So when I go back to study in Sep, I think I will just avoid everyone.


Don't be jaded
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DanteVSTheWorld wrote:

I'm working towards my degree now but when I first went to college years ago to do some random course, I was excited. Yeah!..meet some new people, cute girls, it's all good. Reality? A bunch of posers, weeaboos and immature girls. So when I go back to study in Sep, I think I will just avoid everyone.


Don't be jaded


It's not being jaded if I don't wanna hang with people who smell of B.O and can't name more than one Motorhead song lol.
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AiYumega wrote:

If you don't go to college, you're making your life harder -- that's what I think.

I thank God I went because yes, you need it, and it's necessary to become an adult I think. I've matured leaps and bounds since I started.


Like I said, it is near impossible to get a good job without a college degree these days. About the only jobs you can do without a college degree are lousy, minimum wage jobs such as being a cashier at Walmart or a slaughterhouse factory worker. These menial jobs can be done by anyone.

While a college degree is not a ticket to the middle class life, it is pretty much the only way you can enter the middle class these days.
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TLDR; go to college, it will get you your first job. After that - no one cares. College is good for figuring out who you really are and what you really want in life.


All college is good for is the piece of paper to get you a decent first job.

Nowadays people want experience and skills, but you need the college degree to get your foot in the door anywhere.

The college degree is the new high school degree. A few exceptions of people who have done a trade their whole life can get away without one, but for most people - no one is going to give you a second glance for a job without a degree.

College, as well as horrible jobs show that you have perseverance and dedication. When it gets tough, you fight through it. Which employers look for. They want people who will not only stay with the company for a long time, but will tough it out when times suck.

As far in majoring in something uber specific - for most "office jobs" [marketing, web dev, comp sci, development, planning, etc etc] they don't care what your degree is, they just care about what your skills are. If you are a dance major who's amazing at programming and as the experience / resume to prove it - then no one cares.

It's just that, most times, your degree is going to get you that first job that will give you the experience. But after 3 years - no one cares. After that it's just your work experience and portfolio that anyone is ever going to look at.
Without a college degree, you're most likely going to get paid less because companies can get away with it because they know that not many people are going to hire you without a college degree (until you have 10+ years experience)


College also molded me to be the person I am, it was a safe environment to spread my wings, and as a result I became a much stronger person. I fell on my face HARD several times both in life and in school and barely passed some of my classes, I had professors tell me to quit, that I was in the wrong major, that I would never get a job...BUT here I am today with my dream job.
I handle front page of a company that has thousands of visitors a day, and I'm only 26.

I wouldn't even be in web dev if it wasn't for college, actually. I started college as a psych major - then I realized I actually could care less about people - people are just flipping nuts. I do like using web development to funnel people and make them click things though - that's fun.

So yeah. I have sold my soul to my student loans, but it was worth it :)
Best and worst years of my life.
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TLDR; go to college, it will get you your first job. After that - no one cares. College is good for figuring out who you really are and what you really want in life.


All college is good for is the piece of paper to get you a decent first job.

Nowadays people want experience and skills, but you need the college degree to get your foot in the door anywhere.

The college degree is the new high school degree. A few exceptions of people who have done a trade their whole life can get away without one, but for most people - no one is going to give you a second glance for a job without a degree.

College, as well as horrible jobs show that you have perseverance and dedication. When it gets tough, you fight through it. Which employers look for. They want people who will not only stay with the company for a long time, but will tough it out when times suck.

As far in majoring in something uber specific - for most "office jobs" [marketing, web dev, comp sci, development, planning, etc etc] they don't care what your degree is, they just care about what your skills are. If you are a dance major who's amazing at programming and as the experience / resume to prove it - then no one cares.

It's just that, most times, your degree is going to get you that first job that will give you the experience. But after 3 years - no one cares. After that it's just your work experience and portfolio that anyone is ever going to look at.
Without a college degree, you're most likely going to get paid less because companies can get away with it because they know that not many people are going to hire you without a college degree (until you have 10+ years experience)


College also molded me to be the person I am, it was a safe environment to spread my wings, and as a result I became a much stronger person. I fell on my face HARD several times both in life and in school and barely passed some of my classes, I had professors tell me to quit, that I was in the wrong major, that I would never get a job...BUT here I am today with my dream job.
I handle front page of a company that has thousands of visitors a day, and I'm only 26.

I wouldn't even be in web dev if it wasn't for college, actually. I started college as a psych major - then I realized I actually could care less about people - people are just flipping nuts. I do like using web development to funnel people and make them click things though - that's fun.

So yeah. I have sold my soul to my student loans, but it was worth it :)
Best and worst years of my life.


Luckily my parents are rich, so I don't have to pay any student loans to get into college.
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Posted 6/8/15 , edited 6/9/15

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College is not about what you have learned, but the people you have met.


College better be about what I learned or I spent $26,000 a year to meet people who like my facebook status every now and again and post pictures of their new kids, spouses, and houses.

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If you go to college for enlightenment then honestly you're going for the worst possible reason and you're wasting your time. Not only can you enlighten yourself on your own time by reading books.... but for the most part Liberal arts is filled with a bunch of professors that think too highly of themselves and are trying to brainwash their classrooms. I believe this because I've taken psychology and sociology and the course text and professors made it abundantly clear they're both just pseudosciences used by people to reinforce the opinions you call "enlightened".

I got an associates degree. It took me no effort at all and I got nothing out of it. So instead I joined the Naval nuclear program to which I quickly realized that unfortunately its not much different.

Unless it's for a degree that you absolutely need to enter the field, college education is not worth it. I wish I could take back all of my mistakes and just teach myself programming or something because I could teach myself a thousand times faster than taking a college class and jumping through hoops just to get a good grade.
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you totally missed my entire post except for the last line which was not the point at all, but ok.
Congrats for having rich parents.
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