Should college students care more about their study or improving their ability?

China
September 24, 2010 2:54am CST
I have been thinking about this question a thousand times.Even though i am a sophomore,i am still not clear what on earth i should do.i am totally confused.my parents expect me to devote most of my time to study.they believe it is the right thing for a student and i am for them.however some of my classmates hold a different opinion.they argue that it is no use learning too much theory.currently,the society places more emphasis on your practical ability rather than your knowledge.as a result they get a part-time job to enhance their social abilities.and most of them try to persuade me to do so.i am qutie confused. here i'd like to ask you guys this question.what's your opinion and give your reasons,please'
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@pokumon (647)
• United States
25 Sep 10
I think both are important but practical ability may be more useful in finding a job later on. Having part-time jobs and internships or fellowships over the summer will show that you are committed to your field of study and have initiative. Studying is important too but some employers don't even look at your GPA so while it'd be nice if you could graduate with honors I don't think it is essential.
@pokumon (647)
• United States
25 Sep 10
You still have plenty of time as a sophomore though. Have you decided on your major? If so, what is it?
• Philippines
25 Sep 10
Focus more on your studies, but if you still have enough time, try to get a part-time job (something i should have done) . It is really nice to see some work experience in your resume or CV when you apply for a job later on. get a job while you still can. Your schedule will become more hectic when you go to the higher level.
• China
25 Sep 10
thank you very much for your wise advice.now i got to know what i should do.you are right.if i don't horn my practical ability when i can,then i will definitely regret it when i have to fill in a resume later on.after all employers today value more on your ability .
@roncat (276)
• Philippines
25 Sep 10
I think both would serve well. It is easy to balance studies and abilities and they complement each other.
• China
25 Sep 10
hello, now i graduated from the college, when i took my first job, I regret that i should have spend more time in the social practice, but the knowlede is the same important in the work. so do not spend all your time studing at college, find some time to practise yourself and make your college life richfull.
@kjones505 (273)
• United States
25 Sep 10
You have to balance studying with and improving your ability on doing a job in your related field. Don't spend your entire college years being fully devoted to studying without doing some internships. Work experience is very important and you need it to beef up your resume. You should care both about studying and improving your abilities. Try to find a balance between the two.
• United States
24 Sep 10
Both, I think that students should improve on studying and on improving their abilities. My college is a "learn by doing" university, but we have a lot of book work as well, we have to, because we won't know what we are doing on the field unless we study up on it. You have to study and you have to know what you are doing. Think of it this way. You studies are a map, and in front of you is a road, in order to navigate this road, you might want to read the map first, if you don't you could end up lost, you could end up somewhere you don't want to be, or you might get there, but it will take you a lot longer than you though it would. See, when people first discovered things, they got lost a lot and they got their their destinations, eventually, but it took them a long time to get there. Okay, your studies cut down that time that it takes to get there. After you read about that subject, you feel like you know it, then when you get out on to the field you are ready to take it on.
@aarpees (149)
24 Sep 10
Hi, back when I was a college student, I also involved myself to different activities that would make me a more holistic person. But when I graduated, I started to ask myself if what I have learned and what have i done during my college years. If I were you, I would suggest that you try to do really good in your school, don't do fast forwards.. you will have your time in the future, what's more important is that you prepare yourself for that future,:) dont rush things, you will have your time and place where you can work, and do practicals.
@sender621 (14956)
• United States
24 Sep 10
Studying in college is very important. Education is vital to having a good future. Even though studying is so important to our academic lives, I think it is more imprtant to improve our abilities. This can help us even after we finish our education to carry on successfully and happily.
• Philippines
24 Sep 10
I think college students needs to care more about there studies since if you graduated with flying colors you can be in a good company with good benefits. Many opportunities will come and make you successful. Hence, college life is not all about theory you can balance your time. When I was in college I improve my abilities and also my grades. I joined varsity and other clubs but I didnt forget to study also so its just a matter of time management.