"Going to college is one of the good things of American life. For many people, it is the first time they are really challenged by ideas; it is the time they look back on as the most exciting, significant, and enjoyable in their lives" (Deese & Deese 1994, 1).
On the other hand... "unless you are willing to make your college years count, you might be better off doing something else" (Deese & Deese 1994, 1) ... ie., if you are going for no particular reason or just because your parents expect you to go, you will probably learn more and grow more getting a job.
College demands a lot more abilities and work than high school. Try this test from Deese and Deese (1994, 3):
Self-Rating of Traits and Abilities
|In the spaces below, check where you honestly think you stand on the traits and abilities listed. After you have done that, discuss your ratings with some other people who know you really well -- students, friends, parents, counselors -- and who might show you where you have overestimated or underestimate yourself.|
|In my school, I think am in the---|
|in speed of reading textbooks|
|in ability to understand textbooks|
|in ability to take notes|
|in general preparation for college|
|in amount of time I study|
|in not wasting time|
|in work habits|
|in vocabulary (words I know & use)|
|in grammar and punctuation|
|in mathematical skills|
Counselors can help you consider your abilities and your potential.
Let's see how that breaks down...
You heard correctly..
Be an early bird. Read ahead. It's more interesting when you don't HAVE to read it.
If you read ahead, the lecture is a review.
If you BLITZ the first two weeks, you can guarantee yourself an "A".
Highest grades go to those who make tests up as they read.
So, let's review... WHY GO TO SCHOOL?
Happiness... Research shows that the boss is always happier. The reason is that he feels that he is in control of his life.
So, be in control of your life. Get an education!
|For every $1 spent on a college, a total of $3 of wealth is generated in the economy (Leslie & Brinkman 90-1).|
This return breaks down as follows:
For the student, the annualized internal rate of return on investment in a Bachelor's degree is up to 13.4% per annum (11).
For the public/state, the annualized internal rate of return on investment in undergraduate education is around 12.1% per annum (11).
Overall, education causes 50% or more of the growth in the economy. Higher education contributes almost half of that (82).
For the local community, every dollar in a community college's budget results in $1.60 of local business volume being created. For each $1 million in the college's budget, 59 jobs are created (13; 71).
The social rate of return (taxes paid) is 12.1% per annum. And this does not include spillover, i.e., benefits to others (71; 75).
In addition, there are fringe benefits:
To what degree is college cost an obstacle? For every $100 increase in tuition costs, first-time student enrollment drops .7% (124-5). A $100 decrease in tuition, however, results in a 1.8% increase in enrollment (155).
Public investments should be increased where social returns are the greatest (184). If investment in higher education is allowed to stagnate, state and local economies will be reduced (185).
|Higher education is not an expense, it is a high-yielding investment which makes a better economy possible.|
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Deese, James, & Deese, Ellin K. (eds.). (1994). How to Study and Other Skills for Success in College. 4th ed. NY: McGraw-Hill.
Ehrlich, Eugene H. How to Study Better and Get Higher Marks. NY: Ty Crowell Co., 1976. ISBN 0690011814.
Farber, Barry. How to Learn Any Language, Quickly, Easily, Inexpensively, Enjoyably, and On Your Own. NY: Citadel Press, 1995.
Leslie, Larry L., and Paul T. Brinkman. The Economic Value of Higher Education. NY: Macmillan, 1988.
Simpson, Michele L, and Edward J. Dwyer. "Vocabulary Acquisition and the College Student." In Rona F. Flippo & David C. Caverly (eds.), Teaching Reading and Study Strategies At the College Level. Newark, Delaware: International Reading Association, 1991.