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Post Reply Was college a worthwhile experience for you?
Posted 6/8/15


But you get what you give. I mean you dont have to like everyone but being alone by choice sounds miserable.
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Posted 6/8/15
I did learn a lot, though nothing I can actually put to use. I've gotten a job I most likely could have gotten with just my high school degree, but it's my very first job and it's income so I'll not complain. I was planning to go to graduate school but I've been waitlisted so it seems I may have to put that off until next year. I guess it was worthwhile, but if I could go back I would do things very differently. I knew very little about college before I started and made some poor choices choosing my degrees. But, there's no use in dwelling on the past. I just have to make the best of the situation I'm in, which could really be a lot worse.

So I guess I wouldn't say it's a waste, I just wish I had known then what I know now so I could have planned better. I took too long figuring out what I wanted as far as a career and ended up with just a Liberal Arts Degree. Although I didn't have many options at the time, so going to college was really the only thing I could have done. If anything it helped me mature and become more responsible, as it was really my first time being somewhat independent.
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Posted 6/8/15
Have no idea, but guess ill find out when I start this September :3

I think any opportunity to expand on your knowledge will benefit you and be worthwhile; anything that expands upon your current skill set will immensely help you in life.

I think when you ask "was it a worthwhile experience" you need to first ask yourself, what do you want out of that experience?

Its a worthwhile experience so long as you get what you want out of it.
Posted 6/8/15

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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?



Scientist.
I just don't know what job is good for me, everything feels robotic at the moment.
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Posted 6/8/15

AiYumega wrote:



But you get what you give. I mean you dont have to like everyone but being alone by choice sounds miserable.


I will only be there few hours a day so it's no big deal, I just wanna do what needs to be done and move onto Uni.
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Posted 6/8/15

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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.
well yeah, there are some people who graduate from Berkley that end up working entry level jobs, anyone can have a diploma
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Posted 6/8/15
Yes it was worth it, but not from a financial point of view.
Posted 6/8/15

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


^ So far, this is why I despise college.

Still have a year to go though, so can't answer the poll, unfortunately.

I will say that I personally don't feel like I've learned a thing that I couldn't have gotten solely from the textbooks though. I'm hoping the final year will be different. If the thread is still around at that time, then perhaps i'll actually vote! I'm suspecting the 3rd option though.

I actually did enjoy what I learned at my previous college (before I transferred though). However, I was studying classes for my minor there, as opposed to my major. Those were the classes where I felt like I was actually learning something.

However, after transferring into a supposedly "better" school (which it's not better, just more "prestigious" whatever the heck that means in terms of an education) I've grown quite disappointed in my experience.

It does seem like a scam to me because i'm paying more and learning less for the sake of the "name".

But as I said, perhaps the final year will be different. ^_^
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Posted 6/8/15
I just finished my first year of college and I'm about to be a Sophomore in a few months. My current GPA is 3.27 and my major is Psychology. My degree is Psychology, same as yours OP. So far my favorite course from this year was Sociology, even my professor told me that I was one of her favorite students after the semester ended. Probably because I was that one that interacted the most. This was in the Fall 2014 semester, the Winter 2015 was great but I didn't so that great as I did in the Fall. I made a C+ in US History. I made a C+ in my best subject in High School, probably because our schools told us myths about history. I hope to do better next semester. I still have no work experience, but I plan on getting an internship within my major, or work part-time at the University's library.
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No it was not worth it because I learned nothing useful. I now have a great job. - Didn't answer the poll because the way it was phrased made it sound like the job was due to having gone to college. In my case, my short stint in college (no degree) had nothing to do with it.
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Posted 6/8/15
I replied to this in depth in another thread, not going to do so again.

For ME, college was a worthwhile experience and I DID get a good job somewhat related to my degree. However, I got that job due to my experience, working full-time during the summers to pay for my college.

College is NOT the new high-school. But there is a multi-billion dollar industry built upon perpetuating that myth. There are plenty of good paying, stable jobs available in skilled labor and the trades. Probably more so than for those with an undergrad degree. Of course, you have to hit a trade school or put in the effort to find an apprentice position.
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Posted 6/8/15 , edited 6/8/15

pirththee wrote:

Yes it was worth it, but not from a financial point of view.


^ This.

The money you drop to go to college is not worth the education you receive back from it regardless of the school (and I attended one of the best, if not the best engineering schools in the US). If you're on a full scholarship then yes, by all means it is worth it.

For me personally it wasn't needed but it certainly helped get me where I am today. Depending on the field you go into could decide whether or not it's worth paying for college.
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Posted 6/8/15 , edited 6/8/15
A few years back in 09' before decent scholarships seem to disappear, I got a good one, so with living at home, I went through my degree nearly debt free. While I didn't end out with the job I wanted, and didn't utilize everything I could have, I feel that I learned quite a lot from it. I look at so many things from a business perspective now. I'm back in university again, for engineering, so in the end, I should be able to use my business degree to fast track my path to engineering management.

At the end of the day, it's all about what you put into it. Hard work, taking up opportunities like conferences & competitions often funded through faculty societies, co-op opportunities etc, this is how you meet those people you need to, networking is key. Degree choice matters too I suppose, which is probably why liberal arts students don't get a job in the field they're studying for a while, and why even getting a decent business job can be a pain.
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Posted 6/8/15

FlyinDumpling wrote:


crazyfirefly wrote:


FlyinDumpling wrote:

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.
well yeah, there are some people who graduate from Berkley that end up working entry level jobs, anyone can have a diploma


Well yeah but the job you get isn't a measure of the value of the knowledge you gained. To me the biggest thing about college is that it widened my world view and my acceptance and understanding of different people from different backgrounds. Then again I was fortunate enough to have a liberal arts education. As far as the people I actually met in college in my experience they were mostly hipsters that smoked terrible smelling cigarettes.
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Posted 6/8/15 , edited 6/8/15
Was worth it for me, though my experience was a bit odd - double BS's in 3 years (related fields, computer science and math, so there was a lot of overlap in requirements). I wasn't trying to graduate fast, I just happened to take enough classes to do so, and most of the people I hung out with were a year ahead of me anyway, so we ended up graduating together almost accidentally. Hard to say if I'd still say it was as worth it if I'd stayed longer, after most of the people I knew had left and I'd just be taking boring classes to fill in hours. But, I did learn a lot, and ended up in some great jobs because of it, no matter the years spent.

I'd say good employers still care about your college, even decades later. When I'm interviewing people, I definitely look at their schooling as well to get a better overall picture of the person - jobs, awards, side projects, and all will play into my decisions. Work experience is huge, don't get me wrong, but when I interview, I want to know everything I can about someone I'll be spending a lot of time with for the foreseeable future.
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