College or Life Experience? Which is More Essential??

@artistry (4154)
United States
December 21, 2009 11:00am CST
We learn a lot as we experience life, a lot of us are self-taught. Not all are interested or can attend college and do very well in their ability to earn a living. Which do you think helps us more to succeed, college or life experience??
7 responses
@Helenhe (19)
• China
23 Dec 09
life is a box of chocolate. You have different taste in it, including education, life experience and so on. Some one may missed a certain kind of taste, they pursue it in life time. If you can own all, you are lucky!
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@artistry (4154)
• United States
23 Dec 09
...Hi there Helenhe, True too. One of my sayings is life is like a bowl of cherries, some sweet, some sour. The mix can be interesting. The box of chocolates of life does afford one a selection according to your taste. Hopefully after you have made your choice, there is some contentment and some measure of success. Thank you so much for your thoughts, they are on point and well said. Take good care. Happy New Year.
• China
24 Dec 09
Merry Christmas and Happy new Year!
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• Malaysia
2 Aug 10
Experience is far more important than education. A 'feel' for PR - what's right, what's wrong, what works and what doesn't - cannot be taught. You either have it, or you don't and if you don't,you'll never get it. If you do, then you need to do the job for some times to sharpen your skills and become truly effective. Unconventional, by the way, is not necessarily good. Unconventional practices lead to unexpected results and the last thing you need in PR is unexpected results.
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@artistry (4154)
• United States
2 Aug 10
...Hi there Albert1989, You make very excellent points. But we are going to have to slightly agree to disagree as I don't think that experience is far more important than education. The reason I say that is that experience by far is certainly very, very useful in the market place, as you pointed out so rightly with your example, but in sone instances you will not even to able to be considered for a particular position if you do not have a degree of some kind. You may certainly have the experience that proves you can perform the job efficiently and successfully, but you have to be able to be considered before you are able to show that. So I feel that both, the experience and the education sometimes will do you well. If you are alllowed to show your skill then fine, experience is far more worthwhile than education, but with both you have everything covered. Hope that my explanation makes sense. Thanks so much for your response. Take care.
• United States
31 Dec 09
I think both types of experience is pretty important, but I would have to say that life experience is the most important out of the two. You don't necessarily have to use college experience to help you succeed. College is just a bunch of classes you take that deal with your major. Life experience on the other hand, you need regardless of if you don't have college experience or not. These are things you can't just learn in a class necessarily. You need life experience not only to succeed no matter what major you are, but also to survive out there in the world. College experience will help you to succeed, but you don't necessarily need it to survive.
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@artistry (4154)
• United States
31 Dec 09
...Hi ishme4nowz, I think your points are very well thought out. The degrees that we may receive in college, let us kown the fundamentals of sciences, mathematics, and what may have gone on in history as well as other things, But if you ask someone, how much did your book learning help you in the real world, they may be at a loss for an answer. The degree helps in the competition arena, after you get the job, it is your abilty to apply concepts and strategy, and applications to whatever it is you must do in performing that job, that helps you to succeed. Life experiences teach you what is going on on a daily basis, how do you balance a check book, what do you do to obtain viable investments, what happens to your car if you don't change the oil? Many things not obtsined from books in college. Thanks for your response. May you and your family have a very safe and happy New Year.
• Philippines
28 Dec 09
I believe that college experiences are just part of our life experiences. There are just some unfortunate people who were not able to reach college level due to some financial constraints. Not all who graduated from college are successful and not all who didn't reach college are unsuccessful. Success depends on how we deal with the opportunities that are coming our way. But I think, education is still a big factor for us to be able to become successful in life. All our life experiences will be accumulated and with that, I believe we will be able to learn from it and grow as a person.
@artistry (4154)
• United States
28 Dec 09
...Hi there pentagan12, Well, this is one of the most well stated comments that I have read. Thank you for taking the time to respond. You are certainly correct in you assessment, a combination of both helps to make one a well rounded person and the absence of a full complement of either would not necessarily cause one to fail. There have been many who have been successful without gracing the "Halls of Ivy", as well those who have entered the halls, completed their studies and went down hill from there and may have taken their father's money with them. Sometimes. it's the will, sometimes it's the way. Perhaps some luck along the way as well. Making the most of who you are and where you find yourself is a good start. Take care, thanks for your great comment and Happy New Year.
@maximax8 (28558)
• United Kingdom
22 Dec 09
I learned much at college about the topic I was studying and I had an enjoyable social life. I got enough passes to get into college. I had to do some extra studying to get onto my university course. I learned a great deal at university and on work experience. Life experience taught me lots that has been valuable. I traveled around Europe at age eighteen. I went around the world when I was twenty years old. I have learned about other cultures and seen different landscapes. I have seen animals in the natural habitats. A mixture of studying and traveling plus living have helped me succeed in my life.
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@artistry (4154)
• United States
22 Dec 09
...Hi maximax8, It sounds as though, frst of all that your parents did an excellent job of rearing you to be a very mature young person. Eighteen is a very young age to travel in foreign countries. You have had invaluable experience which it seems has made you very well rounded, with good instincts and possibly able to converse on most topics of conversation. Good for you. You and your parents should be very proud. Take care, and thanks.
@MJay101 (711)
21 Dec 09
I think both are important. But I think it's particularly useful to have university level qualifications - it opens so many more doors in terms of employment. Having said that, university experience is of relatively little use in "making friends". I qualified with a good degree from a good university, but couldn't have held my own in a non-student pub, for instance. Success is defined in many ways - I'm glad that I now have some life experience (and social skills!) to go with my degree qualification.
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@artistry (4154)
• United States
22 Dec 09
...Hi MJay101, I think, like you that both are important, in fact I think they complement each other. You absolutely need social skills to move through some of the barbed wire webs that sometimes confront you, and set you back if you are not aware of the things that are not necessarily out of a textbook. By the way did you read the alert that we will be paid double for our comments on today the 22nd? Pass it on. Take care and thanks for your insightful comment.
@Fulltank (2896)
• Philippines
21 Dec 09
I know that schooling had no age limits. One can go to college even it the person is already in the 60's. I see some beautiful stories about people on their late age going to school to fulfill what was lacking on their lives. So I think going to college would be my preferred choice than life experience when it come to learning. I'm sure you also heard it too from those people who never got to college.
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@artistry (4154)
• United States
23 Dec 09
..Hi Fulltank, Sorry to take so long responding. You are correct, I am one who will be attending school as long as I can walk. I find learning very simulating and interesting. Going to college is benefical in the work world because you have to be able to compete. But I think your life experience is also an intregal part of your life even if you do go to college. Some things are not in text books. And college does not complete the circle in all areas. A degree certainly helps you earn more money which is what you need to live, but added life experiences helps to make, I think, a well rounded person. Bill Gates, as you might know, one of the richest men in America, dropped out of Harvard, and went on his way to follow a path to success. There are people who use both schooling and life experiences to complement each of them and I am in that court. Take good care and Happy New Year to you and your family. Thanks for your very interesting comment.