Bah! Almost forgot to post today. I was even going to write something thought provoking as well.
We’ve been watching Celebrity Big Brother which I thought I would hate (because I only ever know the Americans they bring in) but I like it. Anyway, before I go on a tangent about Heidi and Spencer versus Ryland, I was thinking about how the Lacey chick said that going to university was a scam.
My education is nothing I would ever give back. I love taking classes in subject areas that I’m interested in. I was so much brainer during my undergrad days, and my graduate degrees gave me insight into fields I didn’t think about before (regarding Creative Writing and Library Science.)
But have those higher degrees been beneficial for more than my brains? Not really. They’re terribly expensive and the job market is pitiful. Granted, the girl who claimed school was a scam is a naked model but, hey, maybe one day she’ll want to feed her brains with school when she gets older.
Anyway, I tried out the new desk today. Loved it!
And it’s been snowing off and on all day. I am indoors. Period. The sickness is still here so I’m just not going in the cold unless absolutely necessary (or until I get cabin fever.)
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On my own experience, there’s no doubt that I have made a successful career as a historian and writer as a direct result of going to university and pushing on into multiple post-grad degrees. I could not have done what I’ve done today without that learning.
That is not to say it was a great experience of itself – socially the university I attended in New Zealand was a soul-destroying demonstration of what happens when angry young in-groups define their personal self-worth and collective identity around adherence to a narrow set of prescribed ideals. Those who did not toe the trendy student ‘party line’ were ostracised and – openly – referred to as ‘Nazis’, an irony which was utterly lost on the sanctimonious and half-educated youths who issued such pronouncements. Such was the nature of student communities in the early 1980s, I guess, and I suppose later they grew up, found jobs and raised normal families. One hopes…
I agree. The university degree does give one that foot in the door element (provided they have experience) in many cases. For the sake of our own personal growth the education is great. I guess it just depends on what career we take. If I had a PhD in English, for example, it would be good on paper but more beneficial for me intellectually than in a professional career. Sadly these days there are no guarantees. I remember the days when people would work in one place for most of their lives. If they wanted to be a teacher, lawyer, librarian, etc., they were – for life.
Ugh. Your college experience sounds just awful. I am glad you know how wrong they were for treating others that way. I was lucky enough to go to college near my hometown so I could escape quite regularly. Granted, I never felt the whole college experience like most people did by not living on campus.