What’s The Purpose Of College?

from Forbes

Many Americans have begun to ask whether college is worth it. And who’s to blame them? With college tuition rising at astronomical levels, it’s reasonable to think prospective consumers will do a more careful “return on investment” calculation. But instead of asking whether it’s worth it, we’d be better off asking a different question: what’s the purpose of college? Without nailing this answer, it’s impossible to discern whether it will be or was worth it. Even more importantly, being clear about the purpose of college also helps us make the most of it.

The problem is that our national narrative about “college” has created a decidedly false dichotomy between the two primarily professed purposes of college. There is the camp that says college is about preparing a person for work – to help them get a good or better job. In fact, this is by far the most commonly cited reason for why Americans value higher education– to get a good job. The other camp says college is about more broadly preparing a person for success in life – to be an engaged and enlightened citizen capable of thinking critically and communicating clearly, ultimately able to thrive in their well-being. Make no mistake, many of us see the purpose of college as both a job-driven and a life-driven purpose. But our dialogue is horribly stuck in the muck of an either/or debate on these two fronts.

It’s time to end the either/or debate and embrace the reality that college’s purpose is both. College is about both preparing people for a job (and helping them advance their careers and earnings) and to thrive in their overall lives. Findings from a Gallup-Bates College study released today give us convincing evidence of the importance of both/and – as well as point us toward an improved framework for thinking about the purpose of college. What if the purpose of college is finding one’s own, individual purpose? And what if achieving this is critically linked to finding purposeful work? Here are the study highlights:

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  1. This conversation about is college really worth it was something I just went through with my little sister this past year. She graduated valedictorian in her class with the dreams of going into mechanical engineering but her biggest question was always why do I need college? And isn’t it a waste of my time when I can get a hands on experience elsewhere? Since we started her college search in her junior year, she would constantly be against the entire experience, telling us how it was a waste of money for her to go to school and how we would be better off saving our money on her tuition. This fight lasted over a full year while my parents had to constantly tell her why it was important to get a degree, especially for more than just getting a job in the future. She knew that to one day build robots, she would have to get her degree first but she never saw any point in college besides that. After fighting her senior year, she finally decided to go to Stevens Institute to get her degree in mechanical engineering but her fight is something I’ve felt during my four years at school.
    When I first started here, I was taking religion classes and classes that had nothing to do with my future career path and it made it hard to see the point in what I was studying. I often wondered if I was spending my tuition money wisely and if I should really be here or figuring out another career path. It only took four years but I managed to find the purpose of college, which is expanding my knowledge, especially on subjects I’m unfamiliar with. I’m a political science student in a business law and a criminal justice class this semester so I can expand my horizons in what I’m learning and be able to get something out of my $42k school. It’s hard your freshman year to feel like you aren’t wasting a lot of money trying to figure out your future. I started as a business major and within a day had to switch because I knew it wasn’t for me. I wasted time applying to business schools as a senior in high school because that’s what I thought I wanted to do with my life. It takes some getting used to but coming to college and learning as much as you possibly can is something that makes the huge financial debt school puts you in worth it.

  2. The question is “is college worth it?” A lot of people would argue that in order to have a successful life, you need to have a successful career others say that college is a waste of time and you can earn a living without it. For example, others go to trade schools or into the military. Trade schools are where if not all then most mechanics get their education. My older sister graduated from a trade school for cosmetology and now works full time in a salon and also decided to go to college. Everyone’s different and college doesn’t work for everyone. However, I’d say that college is worth it if you’re actually into it and willing to put in the time and work. The cost of college also drives people away. It’s a big investment and not everyone can afford it. Even college students can’t even afford. With the assistance of scholarships, grants, and loans, this is the only way that most of us can afford it. “If we want to answer the question of whether college is worth it, we need to start by asking “what is the purpose of college?” Reflecting on that may very well be the key to unlocking the next era of higher education, economic and well-being prosperity for our nation.” “What’s The Purpose of College” I couldn’t agree with this more. Figuring out the purpose of college will set others up in the future to succeed.

    I didn’t think college was worth it at first. After taking two years off after high school to work I realized that I wasn’t going to end up as nearly as happy as my friends who are getting job opportunities, co- ops, and internships to further themselves in the future. It was hard going back. Graduating from community college and ending up at a university where my family are alumni is a blessing in disguise. I’ve had so many doors open for me and so many opportunities that I didn’t know was possible. From the ups and downs, tears and no tears I don’t regret going back to school.

  3. In this day and age it is extremely common to hear the phrase “college isn’t for me.” Whether they are about to graduate high school and are considering pursuing a degree or they tried and did not see their pursuits as worthwhile. I believe a great deal of this comes from the extremely high price of tuition, it can be hard to see college as worth it especially if obtaining a college degree also means joining the millions in the student debt crisis, which has now reached $1.6 billion and is only expected to increase with each passing year.

    On the other hand, not everyone is concerned about price, there are those who are financially comfortable and would remain so after college, who still might not see the purpose of college. This is because a lot of people simply see college has job training, and preparing people for their profession and that is all, which they may think they can do without college or they do not see the purpose of this. Something Forbes writer Brandon Busteed touches on is that college is about, indeed preparing one for the workforce and whatever job they desire, but also how to thrive in their overall lives, this includes outside of their career. This is frequently overlooked that college has the potential to give graduates purpose. It can mean absolutely nothing to be prepared for a job that someone sees no purpose in actually doing the job. By interacting with peers, professors and professionals, it is easy to find purpose especially when you surround yourself with people who already have found it, are looking to find it, or hope you will find this purpose. This is a unique environment that can truly only be found on a college campus. Busteed states that, only 6% of graduates with low levels of purpose in their are thriving in their overall well-being, however, graduates with high purpose in their work are ten times more likely to be thriving in their well-being, nearly 60%.

    Purpose is a simple term that can make thousands of dollars spent on an education worthwhile. I have noticed this firsthand. By taking advantage of the right opportunities at Seton Hall I have found the purpose that the author is alluding to. The college atmosphere is truly like no other, there are so many professors and programs that truly want you to succeed, to the point that it would be hard not to. Additionally, in the clubs I joined there is a balance of community and competition that makes me feel like I have a purpose and want to succeed for myself and those around me. It is one thing to make others proud, however, there is nothing like finding your purpose and being truly proud of yourself.

  4. College and if it has purpose or not has been a debate for many people throughout the years. But in some instances people I know and stories I have heard, people attend college though even though they claim school is not for them. The Forbes article was a very interesting read and I agree with the statements they make about the true value and purpose of school. Everybody is going to have their own views on whether or not college is important or not but I believe college is the right choice for most students who are coming out of highschool. Even though college may not seem ideal for most people because of all the work and class for another trenous four years ,it is the right choice for people to make because it can offer the potential to gain better life. As the Forbes article stated “ Make no mistake, many of us see the purpose of college as both a job-driven and a life-driven purpose”. These two reasons show the value college can have on students looking for a higher education. College has the ability to give people better jobs with a college degree than a high school degree or no degree at all. A college degree has a direct impact on a person’s life as it has the potential to give them a better life. For example, I am currently in school and graduating soon from a four year university. After I hopefully finish school and obtain a degree I want to pursue business analytics. I cannot accomplish this goal unless I attend and receive a degree from a post secondary institution. With a degree it can get me a high paying job and with that it will put me in a better spot in life. But some people are not driven as others and may not see college as a choice and opportunity for them to better their life.
    Another quote from the Forbes article that I really found interesting was “The top two drivers of a graduate achieving purpose in their work are whether they had an applied job or internship and someone who encouraged their goals and dreams during college”. College is meant for an individual who wants to do more with their life and is motivated by goals and has dreams to do more than what’s actually in front of them. Getting an internship in school can really open a student’s eyes to what their future can hold and get them excited to start a new journey in their life. As Victoria said in her comments, I really agree with what she stated about students having to find the cost difference between attending college and the job they want after college. Even though this is a tough task to ask an 18 year old to do after finishing high school it does make a lot of sense.For instance, if a person wants to pursue a career in the medical field they need to go to college and obtain a degree but if I want to be a car mechanic and open up own car shop one day college may not be the place for them. It all depends how much money you want to make after college and if you truly need a degree to pursue your dreams and goals as an adult. It is also extremely important that a student knows what they want to do in college and they have a course of action. Having a plan is extremely ideal for a college degree since a student would not want to waste their time or money and want to get the most out of attending a university. Without a plan attending a college is pointless as you do not know what your career plans are for the future, and instead of this you can start making money in the workforce. College is worth attending and it gives people a sense of drive and purpose in their life as they have the opportunity to accomplish anything they set their mind to.

  5. The perception of college is now on decline. What once was a solid infrastructure for many is now in question of how secure it really is. Overtime, many issues have surfaced in regards to college, which have in return given it a substandard reputation. College used to be at the top of the pecking order in consideration of pursuing higher education. Now, many find it difficult to see the value in college. Without a doubt, more individuals are uncertain whether or not it is necessary to attend college

    College is certainly not for everyone, but, the safety of certain jobs may depend on having a college education. Global competition leads to the offshoring of many jobs that do not require college education. Unemployment would then increase, and many would find themselves in a binding situation with no backup plan. That is why having a college degree is very beneficial. It ensures a little more safety, so that individuals are not left in a fit.

    On the other hand, For many middle-class individuals, paying back debt can be one of the most difficult things to do. It causes stress, anxiety, and in severe cases, depression. As a result, many may shy away from college in order to avoid this dilemma.

    Overall, deciding whether or not college is the right path for someone is a very important issue that needs to be resolved by the individual them self. This is a current issue that not only affects current generations, but it will also affect many generations to come. However, by making others aware of what to expect, an individual will have a much easier time in dealing with this issue.

  6. This article hit home for me. My parents always told me to go get an education and own my own business because you won’t like working for someone else. My perception of college is a hazy one. On one hand, I see what I’m paying for and on the other, I see little value. Depending on what you want to study, I see college as a great tool. I feel like the only real reason to attend college is if you want a career in something that pays very well, such as a lawyer or doctor. The reason I’m attending college is a double-edged sword. Sure, I’ve learned some things but the majority of my college career so far has been regurgitated information from high school or information that has no value to my intended career path. Interestingly I’ve learned more on the internet alone than I have in college.

    College is certainly not for everyone, but the safety of certain jobs may depend on having a college education. This is something I’ve realized and is why I’m still pursuing a degree. It’s so that I have something to fall back on if nothing works out. Plus paying back the debt of a college degree can be one of the most difficult things to do. It causes stress and anxiety. So far I see that my return on investment is not paying out to the fullest. Hopefully, it will improve itself as I get closer to finishing my degree.

    Whether college is the right path or not is a very important issue that needs to be decided by the individual themself. If the individual is going to become a lawyer or doctor, then go for it, the return on investment is extraordinary. But if the individual is attending college to get a liberal arts degree, I wish them good luck and not waste the money because you can easily learn about the field you are interested in by researching on the internet or even reading a book. Hopefully, I will be proven wrong and see the value of a college degree.

  7. This article truly takes a look into one of the most asked and fretted questions by young people and that is; “What is the purpose/point of college?” I feel that it was very important that the article addressed that college is present to help people find a purpose in life, figure out how to thrive in the workplace, and figure out how to thrive in their own lives. One thing that I have learned from being in college a very short time is that there are many people here that want to help you further your goals by challenging the mind farther than we though possible. However, it is also very vital that we have real life work experience while in college, so that we are that much more prepared for the real world. I find it surprising however, that this article does not discuss the cost levels of college and how the burden of debt may affect people’s choices on whether or not to attend. Yes, this experience is useful and proactive, but many do not have the luxury of having a faculty or staff prepare them for the workplace and they have to figure it out on their own. Sometimes college is not for everyone and many people thrive without ever stepping foot in a college classroom. I guess in the next 10-15 years we’ll truly see how much of an impact college has on production in a true working environment.

  8. The purpose of college can be explained differently by anyone who answers it. This article was very compelling to me since I am currently in university. Having my own views on higher education, I can agree and disagree with certain aspects of the different answers I have seen. To me, college is both an opportunity to have job security in the field I am pursuing and also growing the values in myself to apply to my life. But, since college is now rising to become a necessity, I have had this perception that I must attend college since high school. It was as if there was no other option and preparation had begun many years before graduation. It was also pushed from my family to attend as well as others who have been pushed to do the same. But in the end, I believe everyone should attend college or any sort of school to obtain a degree in some sort.

    Attending and graduating college can be a huge financial burden on most individuals at the moment, but what comes out of it will be paid off in the future. College is an investment in yourself, and if the right steps are taken for your career to become successful, then the return from the college degree will be able to pay off any costs with some strategic planning. In the article “DO COLLEGE GRADS REALLY EARN MORE THAN HIGH SCHOOL GRADS?”, the author, Peter Osborn, mentions how “…College graduates earn $1 million more in earnings over their lifetime,” compared to those without college degrees. With this money, college can easily be paid off and the rest of the funds could be used for personal interest such as retirement or a house. With this in mind, finding the right path to take in college to bring purpose in your future career is not easy, but there are many resources to help. Finding the right school with the vital resource opportunities to help achieve your goal is an important aspect such as support centers, resourceful professors, etc. In my experience, I had the proper guidance from my University to help find a career that I have passion in while also making sure I would be financially stable to ensure my success in the future. Do you feel your path in college or university has helped with your job training and/or life training?

  9. I found this article to be very interesting, as it helps clear up the debate over whether the purpose of college is to help prepare a person for work, or if it is about preparing a person for success in life. The article argues that college is about preparing people for a job, while also helping people thrive in their overall lives.

    I would argue against this article and explain how I feel that a person can be prepared for success in life without having to go to college. As someone that has been working since the young age of 14 and is a college student, I can honestly say that I have been better prepared for success in life through working, versus going to school. Through work, I have learned how to effectively communicate, along with learning how to problem-solve. In college, I learn more about specific topics based on what course I choose to take. In school, I feel that I am not learning about how to handle real-world situations, such as having an argument with a manager or making a mistake at work.

    The article also argues that the purpose of college is to help graduates value both purpose and work, and find the most purpose through working. I would also argue that a person does not need to go to college to find purpose in his or her work. Maybe the person enjoys (and finds purpose in) a field such as landscaping or being a server in a restaurant, which does not require a degree.

    What interests me about this article is that I feel that it is very one-sided, as it does not mention the cons about attending college. College today has become extremely expensive, and many people are not given all of the facts before attending college. If I were to go back in time, I would consider attending a community college and solely receiving an Associate’s Degree, as the field that I would like to work in does not necessarily require a degree, but requires customer service skills and experience. College is also not for everyone. I have always been one to struggle with school, but felt pressured to attend college, as society is pushing young people to attend college right after graduating from high school.

    Overall, I think that college can be a great help with preparing people for work and success in life, but I do not think that going to college is the only way to do so. I also do not think that attending college is the only way to help people find purpose in their work, as there are many people that have found purpose in their work without going to college.

  10. I think this article gave an interesting look on peoples view on college. I personally think the only jobs that really require college are things like doctors, lawyers, scientists and things of a specialized nature. In today’s workforce someone without a college degree is never going to get a high ranking job with a good salary as a first job, and they will have very little promotion opportunities. But I think realistically someone with no degree and started as a low level employee and worked at that job for 4 years could be just as effective, if not more effective, than someone right out of school. I think it is very dependent on the individual. A highly motivated and creative person, I don’t think I need college. Because they will be motivated to learn traits and become successful. And their creativity will help them solve problems and become valuable members of society. Someone who lacks creativity, whether motivated or not, needs college because I don’t think they will know what to do unless they are explicitly told how to get something done. My experience at college is that the professors and the school itself really focus on making employees, which I do not like. However that is only my experience. I believe there are good professors out there that push students to reach their full potential. Having all this said I think college is a good experience for people who have been sheltered. Some people may already have the experience, but it is good to go live away from home and meet all different types of people and grow as an individual.

  11. This article was relatable to me. Personally, for me, college was something my parents always talked to me about. My parents are my biggest supporters, they are constantly pushing me to do well in school and to do my best. Both of my parents grew up in Poland, college isn’t as valued there versus how college is highly valued in America. Therefore, college is something my parents place high importance on for the success of my future. Going into college, I didn’t know what I wanted to do with my life. All I knew is that college was going to be lot of money, I have to get good grades and hope to get a job by the time I graduate. As a sophomore in college, I can agree with this article and say that the purpose of college is not only to prepare for a job, but also to prepare for life.
    College is about finding your purpose, and I found my purpose in life. Entering college, I did not know what kind of jobs or majors I would be interested in. Now, during my second year of college, I learned that I want to pursue a career in the field of accounting. Not only do I know what I want to do with my life, I learned a lot about myself and have matured as a person. Having the experience of living away from home, having a job on campus, and being involved on campus has gave me life experiences. My college has given me experiences that involve interacting with people and developing skills, which has allowed me to grow as a person. My classes have made me a more educated person, and helped me find my interest in the field of business. My on campus job has helped me develop leadership qualities and skills that will be necessary to have in the workplace. It is important to find purpose in what you are doing, it will make you successful as a person.
    The study in the article concludes that about 80% of college graduates believe that it is important to acquire a sense of purpose from their work (Busteed, Forbes). I agree with this, I believe that a person needs to find purpose in their work. I think it is important to have purpose in what you do, this will make a person more successful and happier in life. For example, I would not become a doctor just because it is a high paying job. I would become a doctor if I found that it is something that gives me purpose, something that I want to do with my life. Life is not about going to work and receiving a salary for it, life is for having a motive for doing what you do. I agree with this article, the purpose of article is not only to get a job, but also prepare for life.

  12. Like many students who went to college right from high school, it was the only easy choice I was given by my parents. Of course, I wanted to go to college — I’ll be the first member of my family with a 4 year degree (and anything else I do past that), and I was given both these reasons by my parents. My mom would say that college was a way to continue an education and prepare myself for life, all while giving myself time to adjust to being an adult. For my dad, college was about work and a job, him being someone with an associate’s degree in business who continues to work his way up the ladder. Up until I got to college, all I could think about was how I would have to sit in limbo for a few years to get a degree or two and, if I could fast forward through it (similar to autopilot), I would.
    Quickly after I started college, I realized both arguments are true and the idea that someone would argue one over the other seems ignorant. In fact, one of the degrees I am working towards, a B.A. in Philosophy, is purely for education reasons and, if I can, that might be the degree that I go to graduate school for (unless it just makes more sense to do that with a business degree). At the end of the day, I am confident that I will work towards a career that I enjoy, so now my goal in college is to find a career that gives me purpose while recognizing and accepting my current purpose, to become as educated as I can.
    More importantly, I truly hope that the thoughts about college shift from what it is for to how to maximize it for oneself. I had a great economics professor who, at the end of a tangent, said, “The problem with the work force is not that they are unqualified, they are very over-qualified in the wrong areas.” He raised an excellent point; the market can only have so much of a demand for a particular field, and many in those tight fields do not specialize enough to succeed over others (think psych or social science/gender studies majors). While a doctoral degree in any of those fields would open the door to a lifetime of work, many people either do not know this, do not think that they can do it, can not afford it, or do not want to. I wish colleges did more to make people understand the power of their degrees, alternative degree options, and the level of degree they will need. Sadly, I know some retail store managers with 4 year degrees in social work and psychology who are searching for work in their major field years after completing their degree.
    Instead of arguing over whether college is meant for learning or work, the consensus should be to help people realize what they need to do with college in order to maximize their future well-being.

  13. “Congratulations on graduating high school, where are you going for college?” “What are you going to major in?” I’m sure many of us have been asked these questions by either a family member, friend, or even a teacher. We are told to “go to college” by so many people, yet we are never given an explanation on why it’s important for us to get a higher education. College education is one area that many people in the United States have invested and continue to invest in. The average person wants to attend college, find a great career, start a family, and own a house and car. College provides students with a steady path, control over their lives, and a secure future. It has become the new way of life for current and future millennials. In this article however, it gave me a different perspective about college that I never paid attention to. Forbes’s article provided study highlights from a Gallup-Bates College study explaining the importance of both purpose and work – and in fact, finding the most purpose in and from work. My opinion towards this topic has leaned more towards the idea that college provides the education needed for a person to develop skills and resources to further their development as a person. Busteed tells us that we still have a lot of room for improvement in helping graduates achieve purposeful work, and that we must find purposeful work in order to thrive. The saying “practice makes perfect ” is used to describe that in order for someone to be successful in what they do, they need to be encouraged by someone to persist in it. This is where I believe professors and colleges come into play. By infusing experiences like internships and the setting of realistic expectations with reflective skill sets, colleges can help students maximise their college experience. The students however, have to want in. By this, I mean colleges try to do everything they possibly can to provide their students with opportunities that will bring them success as they graduate. But, that’s only one piece of the puzzle. Students who go to college and do minimum work to earn a degree compared to those who take advantage of every opportunity and apply for an internship or become part of an organization will be the ones who will feel more encouraged to apply for a job or even be offered a job. Those students who take the opportunities their college has to offer will make going to college worth the money and purposeful.

  14. I believe it is essential in today’s society that students continue to go to college and get a degree. With that, comes the issue of whether or not people are really satisfied with their careers. A lot of people focus on the pay and think that having a lot of money will make them happy when in reality that could not be farther from the truth. I find it interesting that studies show people who find purpose in their work are ten times more likely to be successful. It makes sense because if there is something motivating you to keep going then you will not find yourself at a dead-end job.

    However, one of the main reasons why so many people pursue those other options is because of the cost of a college tuition. Not many high school students going into college have hundreds of thousands of dollars to spend. I have seen many social media posts by older generations that say it is not difficult to pay for college, younger generations just need to start working instead of complaining. What people like that are forgetting to think about is that the price of college is exorbitant compared to what they had to pay. Also, the national minimum wage is $7.25/ hour without axes being taken out! Students are going to be paying back their loans for their entire lives. And on top of that, the interest rates on these loans are ridiculously high, so even if the student pays thousands of dollars to their loans the reality is that they probably did not even make a dent in the actual amount they owe. Therefore, I completely understand why people would not want to go to college.

  15. The article does a great job discussing the purpose of college and if it is worth it. In my opinion, every individual is different and has their own views on college education. There are a lot of factors and broad opinions on college education in today’s world. In my opinion, a college education is very useful and valuable only if students put in their hard work and gain practical knowledge from it. I must say that the author did a fantastic job by clarifying the debate on the college’s purpose. I believe there are both advantages and disadvantages of going to college, and it is up to students to decide if a college education is worth for them. One big advantage is that people with a college degree earn more money than high school graduates. Moreover, colleges provide job opportunities, internships, career fairs, volunteer opportunities, clubs, and much more. In my opinion, these opportunities are always helpful when applying for jobs after graduation. I believe this is very beneficial as it gives a chance for students to meet and connect with wonderful professors. This is also a great way to network with other professionals in reputable companies, advance your career and job search. I also believe college education guides students to develop their passion/major. Most importantly, college graduates have a higher chance of employment because nowadays, many jobs require to have a degree of some level to apply. Although there are many advantages of going to college, there are downsides to it as well. One major disadvantage is that college is expensive and has massive school loan debt. Also, in some cases, students believe college is stressful, and he or she would not be able to cope with all the advanced college work. Moreover, there is no guarantee that people will get a good job even after getting a good college education and spending a lot of money on college education.

    I am a college student, and it is my last year in college (senior year). So far, I must say that my experience at college is pretty good. The college has helped me a lot to prepare for my future. College is the right path for me as it taught me valuable skills such as problem-solving, critical thinking, communication, and teamwork, which all of these skills prepared me for a job. All and all, a college decision is an essential matter that needs to be decided on an individual basis.

  16. During my childhood, I viewed college as something that I had to do– I didn’t know why exactly, but I understood the implicit expectation that I would go to college. In my eyes, the “return on investment” (as mentioned in the article) for going to college manifested in the prospects of getting a “good job” post graduation. As I progressed through high school, I realized that going to college was more than about obtaining a degree– I wanted to continue learning and expand my knowledge as an individual. Unfortunately, the unspoken expectation to obtain a college degree to “get a better job” seems to be the driving force for young people in the US to pursue secondary education. This begs the question: why do students really go to college? Are they just sheep following society’s expectations, or is there another motivation driving students today?

    This article presents two stock explanations that seek to answer the previous questions: (1) people attend college to get a better job and (2) people attend college to become enlightened and prepare themselves to be successful in life. In my opinion, both are valid reasons to pursue secondary education; there is nothing wrong with using college as a springboard for better opportunities or for personal enlightenment, if that is what an individual wants to do. My overarching belief, though, is that an individual should have some semblance of intrinsic motivation for going to college– the time, money, and energy spent on attending a university cannot be rationalized if an individual has no aspirations or goals to utilize that education in some way. The article argues that society must retreat from the idea that one goes to college either to get a good job post graduation or have self fulfillment– these ideas are not mutually exclusive; instead, the combination of these two interests fuels people to attend college in the pursuit of personal enlightenment and to find a fulfilling career relating to their newfound purpose. My personal college experience reflects a combination of the two, as I have absolutely shifted my outlook to link my personal development and my post-career plans. I want to continue to grow and learn as I move into my next role in my professional life– college does not mean the end of my personal development.

    I absolutely relate to the eighty percent of college graduates that believe it is important to derive a sense of purpose from their work, and I genuinely cannot imagine the monotony of being in a role that I did not enjoy or feel connected to. The statistics from the article also demonstrate that college students that derive purpose from their work increased their wellbeing tenfold; the link between purpose and work should not be broken, which explains exactly why society must shift their “or” mindset to an “and” mindset when considering the purpose for going to college. Also, I appreciated that the article highlighted the role of other people in a college journey, as this has been one of the most important aspects of my academic career; without the support of my peers, professors, and mentors, I am not sure I would have found my true purpose at all. My college career has given me so much more than good job prospects, it has given me friends, experiences, knowledge, and purpose.

  17. I can’t entirely agree that there is a main purpose for college. I do think college plays a big part in helping people find their purpose. For everyone, college helps them with something different. I’m afraid I have to disagree with the statement that college helps people prepare for work. I feel like the work field is different than what we experience in college. College may prepare certain people for the work field, but I don’t think that is the purpose. I feel like there is no specific purpose for college. It depends on what going to college means for each individual. I don’t think it is good to say that college’s purpose is to prepare students for jobs because many students like myself do not want to work for people. I honestly went to college because I didn’t know what I wanted to do with my life after high school. I went to college because my parents wanted me to. Going to college helped me experience different people, and it helped me realize the things that I don’t want to do, but it didn’t specifically have a purpose for me. I don’t think college specifically did anything for me. It is the people that I have experienced who helped me discover my purpose. Many college students will say the people that they encountered are what prepares them for life after college. I am happy I went to college just for the experience and the knowledge that I have gained, but I honestly do not think college has a true purpose; it is what people make out of it. Once people encounter other people and certain things happen in their lives, it will help them realize what they want to do in life. College is an optional road that people can take to figure themselves out, but it definitely doesn’t have one specific purpose. If it did, it definitely wouldn’t be to prepare people for work because you can work and be successful without going to college.

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