College

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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
Mon, 10-31-2011 - 7:00am

I agree that it's wise to understand your future possibilities when pursuing a degree.

Is there no better reason to pursue an advanced degree than a passion for the subject?

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Mon, 10-31-2011 - 8:21am
Speaking as someone who has a bachelor's degree in history and German, my kids can major in whatever they are interested in. In high school, I decided I wanted to be a doctor and took tons of advanced math and science classes, but I really loved my AP European history class. After a year in Germany, I decided I wasn't interested enough in math or science to become a doctor. I think majoring in history and German was a really good idea, even if there aren't many job prospects for someone with a BA in either of those fields-- especially if you aren't willing to move to a big city. If nothing else, writing all of those papers in two languages certainly helped my writing and analytical skills.

I went on to get a Master of Library and Information Science. I had a graduate assistantship, so my tuition was paid for and I got a stipend. Working as a librarian is interesting, and I'm glad I got a more practical degree for a Masters.

Now, I've decided I want to get a Masters in Computer Science. I don't have any of the undergraduate prerequisites for applying to the program, so I'm taking one or two classes at a time. As a 29 yo going back to school, I think my perspective is much better for learning how to program in Java and learning calculus than it would have been at 19 or 20.

In short, people make successful careers in all kinds of neat and interesting fields. I have several friends from high school who majored in theater, which always gives me pause, but they have very successful careers related to theater.
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Mon, 10-31-2011 - 8:50am

Hey, I know of someone who is looking towards a job at a university as a Librarian.

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Mon, 10-31-2011 - 10:10am
LOL!

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Mon, 10-31-2011 - 10:15am
I don't know that I agree. My student worker (who is my HS BFF's daughter) is a psychology major. She's already working with blind and deaf students, particularly the latter, and has some real job potential in that area, even if all she finishes is her bachelor's degree.

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Mon, 10-31-2011 - 10:16am

I actually know two snipers, but neither one makes a living from it.

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Mon, 10-31-2011 - 10:24am
I know a really good sniper joke, but it's against TOS to post it here.
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Mon, 10-31-2011 - 10:28am

This

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Mon, 10-31-2011 - 11:01am

As far as your own studies, I would strongly suggest that you pick either anthropology or political science over sociology. Not so much for marketability, but for rigor. If you could interest yourself in something in the humanities, that would be even better

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Mon, 10-31-2011 - 11:15am
HA!

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