I’m losing faith in college.
Not the one I’m attending specifically; I mean the entire system itself. College has become something different since our parents attended, and so I’m expecting students who’ve joined a college in the last 5 – 10 years to be especially receptive to this post.
Throughout our entire academic career, colleges have launched MASSIVE advertising campaigns targeting High Schools around the country. If you’ve payed attention to these campaigns you’ll notice a pattern. These schools seldom advertise success and achievement. Instead, they sell you school like an insurance agent sells insurance.
Fear is the #1 persuader in our decision-making.
Colleges make money off fear. Fear that you won’t get a job, fear that no one will love you, fear that you’ll never do anything of importance aside from laying down $40,000/year.
Let’s not forget that most colleges are for profit. Which would be fine, except with large financial packages given out by our Government, schools have little incentive not to overcharge students.
In addition to overcharging students, they sell textbooks at criminally high costs. Why would anyone buy a $300 textbook when they can find the same information on Google for free?
They force you to take unnecessary courses on things you’ll NEVER use. And often these serve as pre-requisites for the classes you actually want to take.
This is literally what scammers do on the internet.
That would be like me charging you on online coarse about internet marketing, but the first 2 years are me teaching you about Algebra. Sorry, but WTF?
And here’s the kicker; you can’t default on any debt. That’s right! You can’t even claim bankruptcy on it – meaning that until you pay it off completely, the debt will stay shackled to you like a ball and chain.
Please forgive me for sounding rude, but there’s something especially evil about that.
We have over 1 Trillion (with a T) worth of college debt currently hammering down students. Most of whom have almost no real world skill besides graduating.
And you know what? I’m not claiming that college is unimportant completely. We’ll always need doctors, lawyers, medical professionals, scientists, and teachers. And these are great professions to be apart of.
I’m simply suggesting that if the end goal is to work for yourself, surely there must be a better way to gain insight on the information you want. I say this as someone currently attending school myself.
I’m still on the same boat as everyone else. But I’m losing faith and I’m losing it fast.
There has to be a better way.