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: 01-08-2009
Mon, 10-31-2011 - 4:50pm

How are you expecting him to get the job as an insurance adjustor with a two year degree when everyone else who applies has a four year degree?

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Registered: 02-24-2009
Mon, 10-31-2011 - 4:48pm

No, but you don't teach in the humanities. You really did make it sound like you considered most of the humanities just an expensive waste of time.

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Registered: 04-22-2005
Mon, 10-31-2011 - 4:46pm
bordwithyou wrote:

Art history isn't a "good enough" investment for you, I guess.





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Registered: 10-06-2010
Mon, 10-31-2011 - 4:35pm
I had a boss once that said he wanted people with degrees in even his lower-level management positions because a degree means you're teachable; it means you've got the thinking skills and dedication and potential to be taught - and execute - whatever the job requires.

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Registered: 04-22-2005
Mon, 10-31-2011 - 4:33pm

So after he receives his fully funded associate's degree and starts working as an insurance adjustor, he can transfer to a 4-year instutition to get his major in anything he wants (biology, art, psychology, history, math, english, whatever).





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Registered: 01-08-2009
Mon, 10-31-2011 - 4:30pm

Art history isn't a "good enough" investment for you, I guess.

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Registered: 04-22-2005
Mon, 10-31-2011 - 4:21pm

Good enough for what?





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Registered: 01-08-2009
Mon, 10-31-2011 - 4:19pm

College is not credentialling or vocational training.

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Registered: 01-08-2009
Mon, 10-31-2011 - 4:13pm

No, but you've made it clear that just art history isn't good enough, and that everything you need to know to further your passion for art history can be learned in the pages of perfectly good books in the library that you can read for free.

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Registered: 04-22-2005
Mon, 10-31-2011 - 3:41pm

Can someone tell me why it's anti-intellectual to want my kid's college experience to make him both well-rounded AND highly employable?





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