College

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Registered: 05-31-2011
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Sat, 10-29-2011 - 9:01am

Will/are you encouraging your child(ren) into practical or academic pursuits in college?

Do you think your working status has made an impact on your decision?

I am 37 years old and in my first year in college and I am still feeling out my major. At a recent dinner party, I was introduced to a student that attends the same community college that I do. When I told her that I was considering transferring to the state university to pursue a degree in sociology, she nearly spit her drink out of her nose in laughter and told me that it would be completely worthless. She's getting an associate's degree in social work and already knows the wage and benefit package to work as an eligibility specialist at the Department of Human Services. She's going to make $18 an hour and have $7 copays on her comprehensive medical plan.

Aside from her bluntless, I keep having this same conversation with other students no matter their age; they are highly specific in their college plans and know how much they'll make when they finish, and it blows their mind that I really don't a plan. I understand that student debt is an issue, which is exactly why I am going to a community college to knock out the basics and a handful of core credits. I am scheduled for an academic advising appointment next week and I wonder if each degree comes with a sheet selling each student on return of investment for their time and student loan dollars? This attitude is so persistant that I'm considering making an application for the dental hygiene program instead (which I have an interest in), and only return to school once I am settled in a lucrative and flexible position to study what I want.

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Registered: 05-31-2011
Sun, 10-30-2011 - 12:45pm

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Registered: 05-31-2011
Sun, 10-30-2011 - 12:46pm

I think this answer will vary widely depending on the age of the kids, but for the most part? My advice is to do what you love, and it will never seem like work. Just make sure you know the amount of money and plan accordingly, and don't live above your means.

Sound advice!

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Registered: 05-31-2011
Sun, 10-30-2011 - 12:59pm

I'm not going to take out tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars in loans for my kid to learn something he could learn from a library book.

What can't be learned from a library book? Or other free resources?

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Registered: 04-22-2005
Sun, 10-30-2011 - 2:20pm

Pretty much everything can be learned from a book, which is why if my son is all passionate about art history, he can read all the books he wants about art history.





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Registered: 01-08-2009
Sun, 10-30-2011 - 3:53pm
Finally, do you have some special contempt for the field of art history, or is contmept for studying art history symptomatic of your atttude about study of humanities in general?
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Registered: 03-27-2003
Sun, 10-30-2011 - 4:15pm
Thanks for the info. I'll check these out.
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Registered: 05-13-2009
Sun, 10-30-2011 - 4:33pm
One of the most successful man I know has a BA in Art History from Williams College. He is an antique dealer. He is successful because he has a passion for what he does and he is also financially quite well-off. I believe his father tried to talk him into a marketing degree, IIRC.
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Registered: 05-27-1998
Sun, 10-30-2011 - 8:00pm

Your kids are so young that you really have no idea what you will feel like when they are close to actually applying to college. It's one thing to demand practicality when your oldest is four; it's another thing entirely when you have a 16 year old who is passionate about something that likely won't earn her much money at all. It totally changes your focus, I can tell you from experience.

I would never tell either of my kids that I will only pay for an engineering or business degree. Why? Because they've lived long enough to demonstrate their gifts in other areas and their lack thereof in business and other, more "practical" disciplines. Telling your kids they must go into something marketable isn't that much different than screaming at your Little Leager for his lack of talent on the pitching mound.

People are who they are, and it takes all kinds to make the world function.

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Registered: 04-22-2005
Sun, 10-30-2011 - 8:06pm

No, I do not have a contempt for art history or any of the humanities.





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Registered: 01-08-2009
Sun, 10-30-2011 - 9:01pm
I would not be qualified for my position with just a BA in history. There are other jobs I would have been qualified for with just a BA. And I did not go into debt, nor did I ask my parents for money, to finance my advanced degrees.

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