Are You Going to College For The Right Reasons?

by JT McGee

It’s finals week. Martin’s helping me out with a guest post (below.) Back on Monday with a surprise (not really.)


Are you going to college to please your parents?

Are you obtaining a higher education for the right reasons?

Are you totally clueless as to why you’re even in school?

Seth Godin wrote on this topic recently:

As we get ready for the 93rd year of universal public education, here’s the question every parent and taxpayer needs to wrestle with: Are we going to applaud, push or even permit our schools (including most of the private ones) to continue the safe but ultimately doomed strategy of churning out predictable, testable and mediocre factory-workers?

The truth is that most college graduates will joke around about how their actual degree has been useless. Most college students that I know are not sure of why they’re even in school. In this post I’m going to look at the right and wrong reasons for begin in college in my opinion.

What are some of the right reasons for being in college?

The whole college experience.

I must admit that the whole college experience is worth it. If you want to learn how to finally become independent, how to meet deadlines, how to network, and how to survive on your own, then the college experience can benefit you for life. I know too many people in their late-20s that have never lived on their own and don’t know what it’s like to be away from parents. Going away for college will help you with that aspect.

You need the degree.

If you have your dream job in mind and know what you want to do after college, then college is mandatory for you. There’s a plethora of fields out there that clearly outline what credentials you need to land the job. This is where you need to attend college.

You love learning.

I’ve met a decent amount of students that just love to learn and are enamored with world of academia. There’s nothing wrong with that. If you love to learn and are willing to spend the money on it, then it’s a good thing that you’re in college right now.

Those are the best reasons for even bothering with college and spending a serious amount of money. What are the worst reasons for going to college?

Your parents want you to go.

All of our parents want us to go to college, graduate, find a stable career, and get married. That’s good for their generation. What about for us? Do you want to do that? If you go to college because your parents
force you to, you’re going to hate the experience. You’re only going to waste your precious time and money.

You want to finally meet chicks.

I’m all for hooking up and having a blast in your 2os. The truth is that you can get a girls number at your local bar without going to college. You can also travel to random parts of the world (which I’ve done). You don’t need to go to college to meet chicks.

You want to figure out what to do.

You don’t need to go to college just to figure out what you want to do with your life. You can easily figure this out by working, traveling, or starting your own business. In college you’re going to figure out how to
pass exams, get by with doing everything at the last minute, and how to drink lots of coffee. Working and real world experience is much more beneficial with college.

College can be a great investment for those that know exactly what they want to do and where they want to go. For others, college can be a complete waste of time and money.

This was a guest post from Martin of Studenomics, where he helps you figure out how to find the best credit card for college students, and how you can buy an investment property as a young investor.

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101 Centavos December 10, 2011 at 23:09

That held true for me. On balance, I dated more girls *outside* of college than in.

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