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    College for learning?

    created by jcdaddy 2430 days 10 hours 11 minutes ago

    Category: Education

    College for learning?

    If having a good career had nothing to do with whether you had a college degree or not, would you still go to college? In other words, would you go to college simply in order to learn?

    I feel so happy whenever I learn something new at school and I think even if I didn't need a college degree to have a better chance at a career, I would still want to keep studying and learning. Of course, one can learn outside of a university, but sometimes having an organized curriculum is more beneficial.

    What do y'all think?

    Re: College for learning?

    Nice topic!

    Learning is a large part of life, and college courses tend to change the way I think after I get out of them. I think it would still be worth it to take college courses, even if there were no monetary incentive to go to college.

    Personally, I would love to take classes that were really interesting and weren't related to my major. I unfortunately have to be on a 4 year track, so I'm taking all of the classes that I have to take. I'll have the chance to take 1 or possibly 2 classes that really interest me, but there are plenty of other courses that sound interesting that I won't be able to take. It also doesn't help that classes cost so much.

    Those that come in undecided have a lot more fun with their course choices, though all of the options can be a lot more overwhelming.

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    I would probably go to college online or do at least a year. If I did not have to go to college to be a psychologist, I wouldn't go because I love psychology so much that I just want to go in and help people. With psychology, there is so much more that one may not know about when dealing with people. Having an organized curriculum is truly ideal. I'd love to go to school to study spanish and other things that suit my interest such as coaching/personal fitness. If I didn't have to, I'd go to college to get the experience and if I like it I'd stay around but if not then I'll do what I want to.

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    I love learning. But I can't learn the conventional way. I am taking 100% online courses because i can't stand walking into a classroom and being lechured.

    But I would like to say that if I didn't need a degree for work. (Which honestly I don't really my work pays as well as a career so I am in a career) I am going to school to better myself. My problem is paying for the bettering myself. I do not like the idea of loans, and I have already taken most of my savings out to pay for living a life. Which is why I am on CNet! that and I like talking with y'all.

    So I would continue to go to school. Just wish it was more affordable.

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    I would definitely still go to college. I feel that there is a lot more to learn past high school, and my education wouldn't seem complete to me until I took college level courses. Whenever I learn something, whether it's at school or not, I feel enriched. I would hate to think that that feeling would be restricted after high school.

    I also think that going to college without a degree in mind would lead to a broader range of classes. A major is required for any degree I do and most majors focus on only one subject. Attending college major-less would likely result in a more varied education.

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    Oh learning never stops. Everyday is a new day and I just seem to learn something different from the day before. I would continue to go to college to further my education. Education is the key to success but that would also be alot of money being spent to get an education which would not reflect whether u get a job or not. I would take online classes therefore there's no point of getting out of the house. I would love to be in a classroom so that I can interact with my classmates but other than that I would prefer to stay home. The classes I would take have to be interesting. Great Forum!!! I love it.

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    Hm, if the prices were the same, then no.
    I would save all that money and just start working. Maybe I'd take a class or two that were interesting to me online or at an inexpensive community college or something, but I'd rather just jump into work and start being paid instead of paying all my money to go to school.
    Or just relax at home for a few years, because as soon as you're out of college and into work, there's really no more relaxation time anymore.

    Nice forum :)

    Re: College for learning?

    I'm excited for college not for the career I have in mind, but for the things I'll get to experience and being able to learn about what I'm interested in. But, if there wasn't a clear return for my investment, I simply couldn't part with the money. Working to pay that off has to have some kind of reward that's tangible, as romantic as I'd like to be about it.

    But if it were free, or if I were well off and could afford it, I'd take so many classes! I'd learn Italian and learn martial arts and take art classes and learn an instrument and learn about the universe and psychology and neuroscience and and and... I think I'll be a debt forever, guys. xD

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    I will go to some kind of trade school to learn something I really love like a cooking class, or photography, baking.

    but I will definitively stay away from classes like Oceanography!! no offense to those who enjoy it. It's just not my topic.

    Re: College for learning?

    Like everyone else who posted before me, I would still go to college even with the degree. The lessons I learned and my experiences in college have really changed my life. I always make an effort to take classes outside my major, I have been taking a lot of exercise and sports classes which really keep me in shape! Even if I didn't graduate, I would still be using what I learned in college for everyday purposes.

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    Despite college being for further learning, it also comes with experience and practice. I would definitely go to college even if it wasn't required. I would rather further my knowledge and get a better view and more expertise about my profession rather than jumping into it. Like, if you went to a pediatrician and they didn't go to college, would you trust them? I didn't think so. Therefore, I would definitely, without a doubt further my education.

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    I think the college experience is incredibly rich and offers so much more than just degrees to move forward in life, though that is important. I went to college for a couple of semesters right after highschool and then withdrew to go find myself in the world, spending a couple of years in Iraq with the Marine Corps, a couple of years in Belgium as a missionary, and then a couple of years just floundering around, trying to find work and unable to do so. All of it made me realize how unique and wonderful the opportunity of a college education really is, and brought me back to finish my degree. Scholastically, if you know what you want to do and work hard at it, college courses offer unlimited opportunity to refine your craft, only bounded by personal motivation and dedication. But aside from coursework, the abundance of people always around who are looking to improve themselves, and looking to talk, discuss and make sense out of life makes for an environment that is rarely duplicated anywhere else in life. There is a spirit and energy on college campuses that enlivens the spirit and lets a person dream of opportunity. I wish I would have realized it earlier, but I'm glad that I can see it now. In my opinion, college would be worth it just as a rich, vibrant experience, even if the degree didn't catapult you forward in job hunting like it does.

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    Wow Mikey, you've experienced a lot. Your blurb really makes me excited to go to college and experience what you describe... It seems that everyone only takes about either the work that college requires or the freedom of the social scene, but it's nice to get a different perspective. I'm so nervous and excited! Good luck in your endeavors. :D