College RecommendationsPosted: March 19, 2008
I spent 4+ years of my life studying to get a college degree. Unlike many other students around me, I had already decided on what degree I was going for even before I entered. I went into college with Confucius’ idea stuck in my head, “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” I found that to be about half true, but choosing something you enjoy at least makes it easier to endure the journey. My biggest frustration during my college days was that it felt like we were forced to just gloss over material. You rarely got the satisfaction of a job well done. That seems like a bad thing on the surface, but you’ve got to remember that the primary purpose of college is to give you an overview of your field of interest, not to BE your field of interest. The good news is that once you’re out in the real world, you’ll have the chance to find the satisfaction that you missed in college. At least I am finding that to be the case with my degree.
I have some recommendations for those considering college or maybe already in the game. First off, I decided early on that I was going to take one elective credit every semester. That elective credit would be mostly just for fun, to break up the monotony of all the hard classes. I found most of these elective classes to be useful, but there are four that really stick out; classes I would recommend to everybody. Here they are in order of importance:
- Economics (should be required)
- Writing (required)
- Nutrition (very valuable)
- Psychology (very valuable)
Now you may be thinking, “Economics?! How dry!!!” That’s what I thought too and for many it probably will be very dry. However, just by going to class, you are likely to absorb some uncommon sense. Who knows, maybe you’ll even find it as interesting as I did. It will certainly change your worldview some and has the potential to change it immensely.
Above all, once you’ve started, don’t stop until you at least have some sort of degree. Degrees mean a lot in the world of business, more than you might imagine.