Was college just about education for you or was it also an 'experience'....

@mommyboo (13198)
United States
September 26, 2008 2:41pm CST
...not to miss? I see a lot of people who customize their profiles in many places based on what university they attended or are attending. Is a college 'experience' something you are after, and do you remember it much longer than the reason you went in the first place?
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@sedel1027 (17854)
• United States
26 Sep 08
I had an okay time in college. I haven't finish my 4 years degree and don't look forward to going back. The education part was just sooo boring and I hated sitting in classes. Online classes are a bit better but the quality isn't there.
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@mommyboo (13198)
• United States
26 Sep 08
Really? You don't think online courses are quality? Like you I cannot imagine sitting in class again. The way I like to learn is by doing. If I want to learn how to do bookkeeping or how to assist with something, I would much rather just DO it and have someone teach me or help while I did it instead of sitting in a class. Classes and listening to a lecture and spitting stuff out on paper does not prove anything. It doesn't show you can function in a work environment. In the same vein, I feel if you can show you can function and perform the skills needed in a work environment, then you are qualified and you should get an 'honorary' degree since you know the stuff.
@sedel1027 (17854)
• United States
26 Sep 08
I have taken online classes through 3 different colleges. One was to finish up my associates degree after moving to a new state. Then I took classes through the University of Phoenix, which were okay but you got nothing for the price you paid. The last classes I took were through the Art Institute where the instructors expected you to know all kinds of stuff that they didn't teach and what they did teach is not worth poo in the workforce. So you have a 4 year degree and still have to take more classes because the field requires so much more.
@CAdreamer (118)
• United States
26 Sep 08
I enjoyed my college experience and hope to go back again soon. It was a life-changing experience for me. I enjoyed the knowledge I gained so much that I hunger for more. I believe I will always remember my college experiences for the rest of my life and that they will remain a part of me forever. I know some people only go to get the degree and earn a better income, but for me the experience was more for the knowledge I gained along with the wisdom. I truly loved the feeling of learning something new and it has enriched me forever beyond what I had ever hoped.
@mommyboo (13198)
• United States
26 Sep 08
What a wonderful first post to this discussion! I've thought about this because I did not have a college experience, I had intended to when I was younger but that's not how it turned out. It sounds like you're talking about real life experience, like learning how to manage everything from your courses and studying to your free time, social things, taking care of your apartment or dorm, maybe working. It's funny to think back to that time and feel like you were still innocent lol.
• United States
26 Sep 08
I found that experiencing college helped me out in my life outside of college because I learned a lot more responsibility, but I also learned when to have fun. What I am talking about though is that college taught me to enjoy learning even more than I did before. I never really considered myself as innocent in my college years though, there was too much going on for me to truly be considered innocent.
@selece (2357)
• Philippines
24 Oct 08
Definitely an experience. It is in there were we get molded as better individuals. We become what we are now based on what we did and people we've met along the way. It is not solely about gaining knowledge but rather the application and our ability to deal with our day-to-day living. I am very grateful to my university, and I will be parting with her soon. I have learned a lot and I have met great people who taught me what it really means to go to college.
@pryce_mbg (716)
• Philippines
24 Oct 08
for me, college education is like a training ground wherein you will be experiencing the life of being a professional. .
• United States
27 Sep 08
its not an experience at all for me. im just there to get in and out and on with my life
@icegermany (2524)
• India
26 Sep 08
i think college is to get education and also experience few of the things which had never happen to you. and i think by this we usually learn what life is. we usually dont no anything at that age and there are more things to learn and i feel its really acritical stage where we have to learn everything on every step. i think its a time to get education and also the things wghich come with that.