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The College Question Part 4

I know it’s been awhile since part 1, 2, and 3 but that’s because I thought I had the question answered.

At the Refresh meeting James Archer passed around a magical red box for people to submit any questions they might have about owning a small business or entrepreneurship. James would randomly pick questions out of the box and let the group discuss it. I took this opportunity to poll the group to see how many of them had gone to college and if they thought it was worthwhile. Fortunately my question was picked (we didn’t have enough time to finish all of them at the meeting) and I would guess about 95% of the 50+ people who attended had either graduated from college with a degree or were working towards it. Even more surprising to me was the fact that only a few (maybe 6 or 7) had earned a degree in something other then the industry they currently work in.

I was impressed and this got me rethinking my decision on college. Before the Refresh meeting I was set on just taking a few classes at Mesa Community College and then leaving college to move on with my career. Now I think I want to go to college and get a degree like everybody else. I don’t see all the benefits right now of the whole “college experience,” but I guess there’s only one way to find out. Too many people I admire and want to be like have urged me to go to college lately. I guess good testimonials really do work.

As always I brought my notebook to the meeting and I tried to write down some of the interesting stuff people said. Unfortunately I couldn’t get all of it but here’s a few quotes on college I had time to write down:

“I would go to college for the college experience.” – Joshua Strebel

“The weird classes are some of the best classes you can take” – James Archer

“I don’t care what it is (referring to a degree), it’s the proof that they were able to go in and actually accomplish something” – James Archer

“There’s no better time then while still in college to start a business.” – ??? (I didn’t get to meet you, I’ll try to say hi next time)

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