Why do you go to College?

<p>Do tell.</p>

<p>I am curious. I am sick of seeing the "what will be my salary" threads on here.</p>

<p>I honestly went to college to learn. I like learning, always have. I was one of those people who looked forward to going to school. Now that I am done I miss it but I will hopefully be starting my new career soon in the next couple of weeks. Learning never stops. </p>

<p>Salaries are great but I would ideally like to run my own business. My college friends and I are debating whether or not to start a data management company. The sector we are going into is already filled with competition but we would target small firms. It could be successful. I could care less about working for a big multinational corporation or working for a big 4 audit/consulting firm.</p>

<p>Wonderful answer Juggernaut.</p>

<p>Anyone else want to contribute?</p>

<p>I like accomplishing things and love being challenged. I love the feeling of satisfaction you get when you study for a test/research for a paper, perform the task, wait all those stressful days(which seem like years) to get your grade back, and then you finally see your score: 9x/100! [Edit: Heck how bout 100/100!] No better feeling. I know life doesn’t always work out like this, but I like being rewarded for hard work. </p>

<p>I also like titles and recognition. One of the reasons(when I was younger) that I considered being a doctor is the prestige and recognition that goes with the position. Now, I know that this field is not for me and doesn’t interest me, but I still look for titles and recognition. I want to see next to my name: CPA, and MBA or MAcc. The ultimate recognition would be one of authority, such as seeing CFO or CEO next to my name. I know this sounds rather superficial, but I’m not saying it because of the salary that goes with it. I’m saying it for the authority and respect that comes with the position. I like being in charge, which is why like Juggernaut I would love to make a living as a small business owner, but I can honestly say I don’t know if I have the guts to take that risk. Hopefully I find them one day.</p>

<p>That’s why I go to college.</p>

<p>I don’t have to shave every day at college.</p>

<p>I may disappoint you for not having a wonderfully exciting answer.</p>

<p>But one of the few reasons I enjoy going to college and going to class everyday is because I like learning. I’m curious to how the world works and also how people work to. Another thing I enjoy doing is watching human behavior. I enjoy going to social environments and observing other people. There is an abundance of social opportunities in college.</p>

<p>Titles and prestige are of no relevance to me unless it helps me reach a goal I want. But titles and prestige hold no value to me within themselves.</p>

<p>Very impressed by the answers so far.</p>

<p>JonahRubin, you are not funny.</p>

<p>Nietzsche138, it’s actually a great answer. People could learn from this thread.</p>

<p>domrom1, you did pick those for the money, or did you like the way the letters looked when the three were combined. They are the highest paying jobs. Or else you wouldn’t want that title.</p>

<p>And SP, here is what i responded to your other thread in case you stick with this one. I want you to know my side of the argument. </p>

<p>Sp, let’s be honest here. Everyone going to college wants a job that can support their needs, a job that gives them enough to have the things in life that make them happy. We are putting years of our lives into education, and we would like it if we can get a job that might end up paying over 70k a year.</p>

<p>If i wanted 15,000 a year, i could get more than that now working minimum wage at my Trader Joe’s.</p>

<p>Lets see $8.50 an hour working 8 hours a day 5 times a week.
Thats 340 a week, which is 1360 a month, which is 16320 a year. Take out some taxes and you would have moreless the same value, as the 15,000 a year of a biz major. Plus add all of the college expenses so add on a good 80k to that atleast.</p>

<p>And don’t tell me that we haven’t gone towards money since day 1. Here, lets take surgeons for example. They have to go through 11-15 years of school after highschool. Now lets take a surgen’s assistant, they bearly go through a fourth of that, and they have the same job. So they both wanted to help other people, and the jobs are the same, but one wanted the money, and thats why he is the surgeon. He could have basically have had the same job with less pay and added 8-11 years of his life out of school but he wanted the money. Money is the drive for everything and the reason we are going to college.</p>

<p>Tell me that money isn’t the reason for what we are doing.</p>


<p>I just copy and pasted it, so its a little out of context of this thread, but it gives an argument from the other side of this topic. You can relate what i said above into any field as well. Money is the drive for what we do.</p>

<p>doctor123, obviously you didn’t get the message of my comment. Sure I’m doing it for the money in the sense that I need to make a decent living to support a family and myself in the future. But I also mentioned I like the titles that represent an accomplishment such as CPA or MBA/MAcc. Does that recognition automatically give me money? No, so you can’t say I want those titles for money. There are plenty CPAs making good money, but its not necessarily what first comes to mind if your goal is “make as much money as possible” is it? No, and the same goes for simply having an MBA recognition. So you can’t accuse me of aiming for those goals because I’m obsessed with money. If that were the case, I would go against any of my interests and just be an orthodontist. </p>

<p>As far as CEO and CFO that I mentioned, again its the idea that I’m in such a position of authority and respect, and the idea that I worked so hard and was rewarded by given such a high title. So no I didn’t just “like the way the letters looked when the three were combined” as you smartly remarked. And as far as you telling me the only reason I like the titles is because the money that comes with them, thats not true. I like what they do, the control and authority and management. They deal with the very inner workings of a company, what makes it tick. that interests me. I would never pick something like that because of money. The position is so incredibly hard to obtain, it would be incredibly foolish for someone to go into accounting simply because they might get VERY lucky and become a CFO or CEO one day.</p>

<p>Although, you seem to know what I want more than I do, seeing that you were so sure in your statement.</p>

<p>^Yeah, I also want to have the CPA title next to my name. It looks good:</p>

<p>O. Toshtemirov, CPA :)</p>

<p>I hate going to school. I love learning but despise bureaucracy and unneeded barriers in education. I’m only going so I have a degree under my belt and because upper division math books don’t always come with enough explanations to totally self learn.</p>

<p>People go to college so that they learn, and with that knowledge, get a good job. If people could get the same job without going to college, people wouldn’t spend a hundred grand or more to go to college.</p>

<p>^ Exactly what I told my college bound, and I added drop out only if you were the next Steve Jobs or Bill Gates.</p>

<p>agree with whatasunnyday.</p>



<p>My experience, as a college teacher for a lot of years, is that many or most of the students in my classes at my state u are here for the credential. </p>

<p>Love of learning? So, given this is a business major thread, how many of you “lovers” regularly read The Economist or Wall Street Journal or various other well respected business journals without it being assigned or a requirement? And how exactly will you survive in a business environment when you despise bureaucracy?</p>

<p>If you really love learning and also want to get a good job—go the extra mile and read every thing you can in the business world, including the above mentioned and Bloomsberg, NYT etc. Get the credential w/ a good gpa. Join clubs and be involved outside of the classroom.</p>

<p>Maybe you can then earn above the average starting salary.</p>

<p>I’m reading books like too big too fail. which maybe has more to do with politics and narrative.</p>

<p>I still don’t like school much. I definitely didn’t like high school, and I didn’t like the engineering school I just transferred from. Both were bureaucratic. I feel like once I grad all that will be looked at is the name of the school, the degree, and my GPA which is crap at the moment. I guess I’ll see how it goes though.</p>



<p>What else is there to look at unless you have great job internships, experiences and references? And if you do, they will have to be great to counter “crap” gpa and perhaps poor school and degree.</p>

<p>I dunno, once you get out into the real world does everything kind of start over? Like when you are interviewing for a job is it like “Oh ok cool you have a degree you’re cool” or is it like “Mmmmm…low gpa, unknown school, tsk tsk”. I guess I wish it was more holistic.</p>

<p>^^ well, once you have some years of work under your belt, thats what is primarily looked at. but as a first time job, what else does the employer have to differentiate you from other candidates besides gpa, degree, school, and internships/ECs? there has to be some standard for comparison, at least at first</p>