Can you think of any single purchase more expensive than four years at a college or university?
And with so many world economies struggling the way that they have over the past couple of decades, the question as to whether or not college is worth the price of tuition must be answered.
Some people believe that you do not have to have a college degree in order to be successful. Though that is true, there are three major lessons that you learn in college that make it worth the cost.
Learn Social Skills
One of the major lessons that a college student learns is how to interact with other people. From the first experience with a roommate and those who live nearby, to the time that they turn in their graduation application, college students learn to get along with various types of people.
Learning to work with professors (who act like managers in the post-college world), and teachers’ assistants (who act like supervisors in the post-college world) translates directly into students understanding how to work in a professional environment after graduation.
Students learn to find social groups where they fit in, and even to form romantic relationships.
Business Insider says that 28% of people meet their spouses in college.
Students also learn to work with others in volunteer and club capacities, and with students who share their major and those who do not. Learning to work with people who think like you as well as those who do not means learning to do something that can be tough after graduation.
In college, students learn to manage the hardest person to manage – them self.
Learning when to say ‘yes,’ and when to say ‘no,’ to opportunities to hang out with friends, to get together with someone for a study session, or to spend time alone reading through the notes from last class can be difficult, but college requires that students master this skill in order to be successful.
Over the years, students learn to control their schedule by prioritizing projects, tests, and subjects to study for.
In the end, students are able to easily handle a schedule that involves work, social time, and personal time.
Learn How to Think
Possibly the most important thing that students learn in college is how to think.
In college students are exposed to students from all kinds of different background, as well as to various subjects, ways of thinking and belief systems.
This helps students to better interact with anyone they meet after college.
By interacting with so many different types of students and subjects, students learn how to communicate logically.
Students also learn to form arguments and persuasive pieces of writing logically. These skills directly translate in an ability to function better in a professional environment, where the ability to interact with various people and to get them to be on their side is absolutely essential.
So even though the price tag on a college education is large, students learning the lessons of communication, leadership, and thinking make it well worth the cost.
Do you think college is worth the price of tuition?