Post # 1
With tuition rates rising, is college worth it anymore? I would venture to say that most people would have to take out student loans, and that debt can be crippling.
In my situation, it was absolutely worth it. After undergrad, I was high school teacher (which you obviously need a BA for). Then I went to law school and made a giganto salary working at law firms. Hated it though. I took a big pay cut from my firm salary and now work with law students, making far far more than I ever would have as a teacher. My student loan payments right now are about $450 per month and will decrease soon. I’m OK with that. My federal loans are at 2%, so I’m probably going to pay those guys long and slow.
That said, I don’t think everyone has to go to college. That frustrated me somewhat as a teacher – if a kid wants to go to college, or shows aptitude, I’m going to do everything I can to help them get there. If they don’t want to, we need to have options available. Many schools no longer have vocational ed programs and that bugs me.
So, bees, college: yea or nea?
Post # 3
Have a degree that I busted my ass on. Learned a lot. Without grad school it’s useless, I can’t find a job in my field. There’s not a demand for Neuroscientists with only an undergrad..
So it was really stupid. I have no choice but to go to grad school.
Post # 4
I went, I’m glad I did. I think that taking the GE classes helps make you a more well rounded person. Plus college was a time where I found myself and who I am. I have loans, put myself through on my own, but it’s okay! I’m proud to say I have my BA.
Post # 5
I can’t speak highly enough of my advanced education. To me it’s worth more than I paid. I loved what I learned and I loved the experience!
Post # 6
I went, sort of wish I hadn’t. I always wanted to be a hairstylist growing up, so I should have stuck with a program like that. Instead I decided to go to a pricey private university to study Accounting and now I’m paying the price. I’m making about $10K less than I thought I would and I have $90K of student loans. I regret going. I should have at least chosen a cheaper school. Ah, the decisions we make when we’re 18…
Post # 7
I think it’s totally worth it to go to college. From the experience to the degree, I have found it to be incredibly valuable.
The thing is, a college degree isn’t necessarily worth much if you HAVE one, but if you DON’T have one, I think it can work against you and close doors.
Post # 8
I went, and I had a great time, so I don’t regret it. BUT, I wouldn’t be any worse off had I not, so I sometimes wish I would have not gone
Post # 9
My weird thing about college: I’m a firm believer that it’s worth the experience, purely from the standpoint of gaining independence. When I think about college, I have no regrets because I think about how much as I grew as a person living on campus, making good friends, and kind of “finding myself” as a young adult. It makes me sad that my aunt and uncle aren’t letting my cousin go to 4 year college, because they don’t want to be wasting money on a degree she might not end up using. Instead, she’ll go to a community college to figure it out (nothing wrong with community colleges, it just makes me sad to think she doesn’t really even get the choice to have the experience I did as an 18 year old fresh out of school).
I’m also glad I got my degree, because it did help me to get my Master’s. That said, I don’t think bachelor’s degrees are worth much, individually, unless it is something very very specific in a field that requires said specific degree. Otherwise, you can basically get a bachelor’s in anything and get a job in any field. As someone who studied music ed, I’ve done basically everything except become a music teacher with my degree. In retrospect, I kind of wish I could do school all over again to have tried something different from square one (mainly writing/journalism/media).
Bachelor’s degrees are good stepping stones on to the next bigger and better thing. I really don’t know all that many people who went to school and ended up doing something related to their degree.
I also don’t think college is for everyone, and there are lot of people who make great careers out of 2 year schools, programs, landing the right job out of high school, etc.
Post # 10
I went, and I’m glad I did. I also went to law school, which is impossible without an undergrad degree. I pay $700 a month in student loans, but with my salary it’s completely manageable, and with only paying the minimums, I will be out of debt in 9 years. (I just graduated law school last May.)
@bluewolverine: Are you a law professor? I’m doing a federal judicial clerkship right now, then probably heading to biglaw after. ::shudders at the thought:: I think eventually I would like to go into academia–either teaching or being a dean/administrator.
ETA: Also, I wouldn’t trade my college years for anything. Made awesome friends and had a great time. I’m the first person in my large extended family to go to college, and they think it’s stupid that I spent so much money in order to go to school far away when there were plenty of colleges that I could have attended while living with my parents. Getting away from my family and gaining independence was totally worth the money.
Post # 11
Well, I wanted to get a PhD so going to undergrad was a must for me!
I also had a full scholarship so no loans, no debts. At least in my case, totally worth it.
Post # 12
Yes, college is absolutely worth it for me. I also opted to go to grad school when I already had a solid full-time job. I don’t think I could ever see education as a mistake, personally.
Post # 13
I have 2 degrees and 3 certificates. I wouldn’t be a Teacher without doing that hard work at University/ College. I don’t regret any of it. I only wish I had socialised a bit more. I don’t keep in contact with anyone from studying.
Post # 14
@Boston Bee: I’m an administrator, and I really like it. Nice, normal hours, and my job, put pretty simply, is to help law students do the best they can. If you’re doing a clerkship now, you’re setting yourself up nicely to enter academia. Biglaw has its place – I wouldn’t go back and change my choice. I learned a lot in the 2.5 years I spent in BigLaw, and it helps inform my work now (not to mention that the students put a lot of value on these firms, so it give me more “cred” with them). A number of law schools have emerging/future scholar programs that might be worth looking in to.
I also agree with a number of PP that I also wouldn’t change my college decision because it gave me two of my best friends and so helped shape who I am today. It’s a part of me.
Post # 15
@bluewolverine: I technically didn’t “finish” because I don’t have my BSN. I went to a nursing school instead and got my nursing diploma. Which really doesn’t make much a difference because I took the same nursing boards as those who got a BSN or an associates degree. All of us considered RNs as well. I know many nurses that will work full time and go to school online to get their BSN but I just don’t have that motivation for it right now(esp now that I’m plannign and paying for a wedding). Maybe one day, but not worth going back to school right now and paying thousands in tuition to make a dollar or two more an hour. I make over 70K a year without a “degree” so I feel like I’m doing ok.
Post # 16
Yeah, I definitely needed a BS to sit for the CPA exam, and I was also required to take enough extra accounting/business hours that I just went ahead and got a MS. I racked up over a little over $30K in loans for my masters, but in theory it will pay for itself once I pass all sections of the exam.