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Why should I stay in College?

QuaestioQuaestio Registered User Posts: 28 New Member
edited October 2011 in Parents Forum
I am a freshman in college and I am so sick of the whole thing. For the last 8 weeks all Ive done is sit in useless GE classes which dont even matter in the long run while having to live with the most immature, spoiled, bunch of kids I have ever met. In all honesty, my graduating class in high school was more mature than these kids. At this point I am considering just going home and attending the community college there. Hell, Im even ready to turn my back on education entirely and just going to a trade school so that way I can start working. The whole thing is ridiculous, its just immature little kids postponing enetering the workforce as they smoke weed and listen to crappy music and I want none of it.
That all said, here is my question: can anyone provide a legitimate reason why I shouldnt just turn my back on education?
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Replies to: Why should I stay in College?

  • qdogpaqdogpa - Posts: 2,417 Member
    Run, don't hide...particularly if you are receiving any FA or merit money which could be served to a student who actually cares about an education
  • TarnationTarnation Registered User Posts: 86 Junior Member
    Your stupidity amazes me sir.
  • QuaestioQuaestio Registered User Posts: 28 New Member
    All I'm going to say is that for the longest time I've been told "go to college, go to college, go to college" and I obediently worked hard and got to college, well, now that I'm here, I don't know why I worked so hard. I don't know why I even bothered in the first place.
  • GladGradDadGladGradDad Registered User Posts: 2,818 Senior Member
    What's your major if you have one yet?

    If your classes aren't challenging enough then see if you can take more challenging courses next semester/quarter. If you want a challenge and have any interest in it you can always pursue a computer science or other engineering major which should provide plenty of challenge. College is what you make of it. You can't be just a passenger. You also need to be realistic in your expectations - not every single course will be the most exciting, challenging, interesting, but might be a necessary pre-req.

    Going to a CC for a couple of years then transferring is also an option but are you sure your classes would be any more challenging or that your classmates would be any more mature?

    I don't know what college you attend but the particular college can make some difference as well so maybe you want to consider transferring at some point to a different college. Regardless, it's only been a couple of months so you should give it more of a chance.

    'Trade school' isn't necessarily going to be any better unless you study something you're quite interested in and that has good job prospects but maybe you can do that where you are if you steer yourself in that directions (assuming you picture yourself in the driver's seat and aren't just a passenger).
  • starbrightstarbright Registered User Posts: 4,660 Senior Member
    Well given you are so much more intelligent that your classmates, I find it remarkable that you would generalize your six weeks of education at one school to all higher education.

    I can tell you I really don't work in a university like the one you describe (yet my students are business students, just like you). My freshman students, for the most part, are intelligent, hardworking, thoughtful, and mature. They offer utterly fantastic comments and ideas in our discussions every week. It appears almost everyone has done the required reading, they care about the material, and they show a genuine curiosity with the questions they ask. We also have a lot of fun (there is a lot of good humor in our classroom and we've gotten to know each other quite well). About 30% of my students are from other countries and we cover all continents, 75% are fluent in two languages, 45% speak 3 or more (and collectively our class can speak 14 different languages fluently).

    Maybe you are in the wrong university. I think you ought to transfer to one that matches you better before you decide to throw out the baby with the bathwater.
  • Sean518xSean518x Registered User Posts: 217 Junior Member
    Let's be honest here college doesn't teach you anything your going to use in your first job, or any job for that matter.

    The reason you get an undergrad degree is because noone wants to be the first person to take a chance on someone. the idea is if you get a degree and a good gpa you've already been vetted.

    By all means if you want to work in a trade go for it. America could use more skilled labor. If you want to go into a profession, stay in school.

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  • bovertinebovertine Registered User Posts: 3,303 Senior Member
    Why stay in college? Why go to night school? Gonna be different this time.
    Talking Heads. "Life During War-time"
  • VladenschlutteVladenschlutte Registered User Posts: 4,329 Senior Member
    Don't stay. Finish out the semester and all, but if by the end you still think it's a waste go back home and do something else. Go to CC and take classes to transfer, get a trade degree, work full time, whatever.

    Honestly, if you go there for a semester and think you're wasting your time and getting nothing out of it, you're probably gonna think the same the next semester. You may decide to return later with better focus and goals.
  • pixeljigpixeljig Registered User Posts: 1,428 Senior Member
    I am a parent - son was not interested in GE type classes, he was generally too mature even when he was in middle school although he was the youngest amongst his peers. Some kids take different paths, its not just plain right or wrong.

    He has been on leave from college second semester now and starting his own company. For him it was the right decision, but he had a game plan. He has stayed on that plan and has shown me that I could trust him. He is happy I am happy.

    Just think of what your interests are long term and go in that direction, just stopping and doing something for the heck of it will not help. Talk to your parents/friends and then decide. Good luck!
  • MarianMarian Registered User Posts: 12,532 Senior Member
    The main reason to stay in college is that at some point in your life you will likely want to have a college degree because your job opportunities will be limited if you don't have one. And it's a lot harder to get that degree when you're 30, married, working, paying a mortgage, and supporting your children.

    That said, you might want to consider changing your environment while continuing at the college you're attending. Is there any chance that you could get a part-time job that would expose you to a different group of people? And if the dorm social life doesn't appeal to you, is moving off-campus an option? Also, would it be possible to start serious work in your major next semester and postpone some of the GE classes until later? That might give you a different perspective.

    Tweaking your current college experience to make it more pleasant and suitable for you might be better in the long run than ditching it altogether.
  • katliamomkatliamom Registered User Posts: 11,219 Senior Member
    I don't know anyone who quit college and then didn't regret it on SOME level. Even the self-made millionaire friend, who told me it bugs him to have his education end as 'unfinished' business. Heck, even Stephen Spielberg and Steve Wozniak (Apple co-founder) went back to college when they were rich-and-famous. The world at large tends to respect people who finish what they started. Certainly a lot of employers do.
  • emeraldkity4emeraldkity4 Registered User Posts: 35,861 Senior Member
    At this point I am considering just going home and attending the community college there. Hell, Im even ready to turn my back on education entirely and just going to a trade school so that way I can start working.

    Those are both valid options.
    How are your grades? Have you reconsidered some of your other acceptances? Perhaps you can transfer.
  • califacalifa Registered User Posts: 329 Member
    I agree with those who suggested finishing out this semester and then either doing what you can to change your environment at college by finding a new group of friends, or transfer, or go to the CC or trade school next semester. It may be that this college isn't a good fit for you and another school with less of a party atmosphere would be better. Good luck.
  • poetgrlpoetgrl Registered User Posts: 13,334 Senior Member
    I'm not much an advocate for "staying in college" for the sake of someone else. If you think it doesnt matter or that you will be happy in the trades or can get an interesting job or have another idea you want to pursue? I say, do it.

    You can always go to college later, if you find out that your prospects are not what you want them to be without an undergraduate degree. You are young, young, young, and clearly have no idea what you want, yet. You might as well go out into the world and get some experience and figure out what that really is.

    But, do your research and look at your realistic prospects, and how you will be self-supporting. Once you leave school, you are probably going to be on your own, and will probably need to be able to support yourself financially.

    Good luck to you. You'll figure out what you want from life eventually.
  • tptshortytptshorty Registered User Posts: 558 Member
    Finish this semester, get a job for a while, and figure out what you want to do with your life. There's no shame in going back to college later in life when you have a better idea of what you want to do. You can do a lot of basic coursework online while you are working, or take some community college classes, just to keep yourself in the system. Good luck to you!
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