Stepping into the forest of my mind

Stepping into the forest of my mind
Just as every journey begins with a first step, every story begins with the first word.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Why Go to College?

A college degree
Worth the paper and tassel
It’s a good question at any age. 

I believe people learn something new each day merely by interacting with others or reading something new.  There are free lectures to attend at libraries or local college campuses, how-to books to read, and online, single-subject classes or webinars to participate in.  There are also introductory online courses such as MOOC’s to interact in.  MOOC’s are “massive open online courses” taught by professors of respectable colleges and universities.  

I’ve participated in a business course taught by a Wharton Business School professor and modern poetry from a Kelly Writers’ House professor at the University of Pennsylvania.  Archeology at Brown University and health and wellness at the University of California.  Almost any topic can be presented to an online audience.  In addition to listening to lectures, MOOC’s have quizzes and writing assignments to test your understanding of the material if you wish to receive a certificate for course completion.  The web environment has online support and question and answer links.  These courses do require a lot of time and there is a time limit for completion.  But I love learning new things and enjoy lectures.

            That being said, I still believe a college degree, with its varied curricula and face-to-face interaction, matters in today’s world.  Many professions require a degree.  

Earning a college degree demands years of a person’s life, large amounts of work and understanding, and the student, regardless of age, grows and changes because of this learning environment.  Earning a college degree demonstrates endurance and the determination to see things to completion.

What do you think about this?  Is a college degree still necessary in today’s world?