Opinion: The Purpose of College
You’re off to this University or College for four or more years, but what’s the point? What’s the objective?
Do you know?
Sure, your parents will tell you that the goal is to receive an education. By getting excellent scores in a great major you can earn the opportunity to work in a great career as an engineer, doctor, or lawyer. You’ll be able to make more money, which will definitely make you happy!
Well, maybe….that’s debatable.
Your friends will say otherwise. They might explain that the goal is to live life to the fullest. During these next few years—the greatest years of your life, they may persist that you’ll get to drink daily, experiment with various partners and experiences, and join the epic, seemingly never-ending party. That sounds like tons of fun, right? Surely, that’s what college is all about!
That sounds like tons of fun, right? Surely, that’s what college is all about!
But what about you? What’s your objective? Is it to be someone new? Or perhaps you wish to “discover yourself”. Is it solely for the shining career at the end of that dark, academic tunnel?
Maybe you don’t know.
Personally, I believe therein lies the initial issue. We’re constantly taught what to learn at times, but the concept of how to learn often gets neglected.
Let’s go back to the purpose of college. What if I suggested another option? Perhaps, it’s a combination of the previously aforementioned combined with so much more.
Sure, go take (well calculated) risks. Have fun. Study hard and aspire to be in the profession of your choosing. Your parents and your friends aren’t incorrect. All of those things are important and can certainly lead to a life well-lived life. Overall, if I had to summarize, I’d say that the goal of College should be to open yourself up to new experiences. You only have one life to live.
The first time you go to a college class is unique. It can never truly be repeated or duplicated ever again. It’s important to really appreciate that. But also understand that there’s more to it than that.
Despite what people may believe, the meaning of college isn’t necessarily black and white but rather, fifty shades of gray multiplied by fifty more. There’s another objective to keep in mind. Part of having these experiences is to open yourself up to learn. And don’t just limit yourself to what’s in your books for class. That’s only a small part of learning. Live. Enjoy life and allow mistakes, triumphs, and lazy days to occur. Learn from what’s around you!
Life is complicated so be prepared to ask yourself questions and take a lot of time to answer them. This is your life and no one else’s. This is solely your time.
Most importantly, don’t allow College to destroy your curiosity. The objective overall should be to learn about what you want to do, what you enjoy, who you are (or want to become). Personally, I believe people view college as a means to an end. But let me try to suggest this idea to you: Try and view college as a means to a beginning. It’s the beginning of your life.