What? Two posts in one day? Don’t get used to it I just had to show you this.
Ben Bleikamp over at College Startup wrote a post today titled “Is college really necessary?” When I saw that title I thought for sure he knew I read his blog. His question is almost exactly the same as what I was asking you yesterday. No, he didn’t copy anything from my poorly written post and he probably hasn’t even seen this site.
According to his blog Ben is a sophomore in college at Ohio State University studying finance and entrepreneurship. Although he never really gives an answer to the question he does give good reasons for going to college and for not going to college. For the most part I think he is happy with his decision to go to college but he says that college may not be everyone.
“I think college is something everyone should at least try. Maybe it’s not right for you, maybe it is.”
I want to try college like he suggests but I only want to take the classes that will help me the most. I don’t see any point in sitting through long lectures about stuff that I will probably forget and will never use. Last night I looked online at the classes MCC offers and came up with a list of 10 classes I would be willing to take. They all seem interesting, useful, and worthwhile. Some are web related, some are business related, and I think all of them would be worth my time and money.
Have a good weekend!
I want to try college like he suggests but I only want to take the classes that will help me the most
Well, this is the Catch-22: College helps you figure out what it is that will help you the most. With any luck, and if the school is any good, you’ll come out thinking differently than when you went in.
College is a good place to expose yourself to the new and unfamiliar. To steal an observation from Paul Graham, don’t let a high school student decide what you’ll be doing the rest of your life. Wait until he’s had a few years of college and real-life experience.
Posted by James on Feb 10, 2006.
Hey Matt – Thanks for linking me 🙂 And James makes a good point – what you are interested in right now might change – college is a great place to explore what you’re interested in and decide if it’s what you want to do for the rest of your life. College definitely challenges you to think for yourself, that’s part of the fun.
Posted by Ben on Feb 11, 2006.
I agree with both of the above comments. I’m only a high schooler too, but every adult that I’ve talked to who went to college, just about, has said the same thing.
Posted by Elyse on Feb 11, 2006.