So I get here and I realize some things....
First of all, college isn't for everyone. College isn't even for some of the people that generally do well in their academic endeavors. I can safely say so because I am one of those people. Once you start to think about your goals and your purpose in college things start to disconnect. I have always been a pretty goal oriented person and I've always chased the knowledge necessary to get where I want to go on my own. I came to college and realized that the degree I was chasing, I could have studied independently and been alot more successful than people receiving these degrees. It makes sense to go to college for something technical. To become a doctor, or architect, or engineer, or physicist. But not a business owner.
AND THEN.... You learn that gaining a degree means absolutely nothing. What you find out is that in almost every industry it isn't what you know but who you know. The saying has been CONFIRMED. This past year, I've gotten further along in the fashion and entertainment industry through networking than I have by studying and using my college boy title. Through the people I know, I've gotten my whole foot in the water now instead of just my toe. I have yet to become fully involved but I've heard that you learn while you start working and not really while you're in school. It is easy to teach theory but difficult to understand it. And theory itself doesn't help you prove yourself in the field.
LASTLY....PROFESSORS!!!! UGH!!! Remember when I said that college may not even be for some people who have always been good in school? Well one of the reasons why is that college doesn't guarantee that you learn anything. What I began to observe is that most people only apply themselves to keep their GPA up. Most people only try to get that A. It isn't really about what you learn because you tend to forget it the next semester anyway. Now that being said...I learn that college is only a game of strategy. That working hard and studying everyday and doing all of your homework and taking a lot of notes doesn't guarantee you that A. I learned that it's all about the professors you choose. This semester is probably going to be my worst semester ever and only because of the professors I have. I'm not a learn from the book type of person. 3 of my 4 professors I don't quite understand. One of them has a terribly annoying voice and overwhelming accent. Her notes don't quite match her tests. The second of the 3 rants and raves while trying to explain the subject. He finds ways to throw his opinion about politics and policies every chance he gets completely losing site of the reason he is there. He also teaches as though we should already know these things. If we knew it, we wouldn't be sitting in your class. The last of the four has no thorough grasp of the subject. He talks and talks. No structure, no organization, no sense of where he is and where he's going. He also has trouble with names and dates and considering it's history he SHOULD. MY GPA may sky rocket next semester considering the ratings I found on www.ratemyprofessor.com are the real deal. I'm going after the easy A's. But now I feel like I shouldn't have to pay this much money to chase an A verses chasing some actual knowledge. Sadly, the only class I'm doing really well in is a class I took my sophmore year in high school. A SHAME.
College isn't all it's cracked up to be. Don't be fooled. It's prestige only follows the idea that education is key. Don't be fooled. You may walk out learning nothing.