Is education worth it nowadays?
Especially in the world that seems to be more preoccupied with status quo, looks, memes and superficial concepts than real accomplishments and achievements. At least recently and this is what it seems like on the surface. Superficial ideas of success and a material component of it.
While the value of college education continues to be questioned and reexamined, students have a choice to make: between entry-level positions, oftentimes suitable enough for high school diplomas, lackluster job market, unpaid internships and student loans. Not exactly the bright future they talk about when trying to sign you up for University. Or that million dollar “bonus” that on average graduate students make more in order to sign up for a graduate school? May be, for that you can become an actor, a singer or a model, and I don’t think you need an advanced University degree for it.
I know I didn’t pursue my majors just for the fun of it. I made the choice with my heart. I chose what I really wanted to study and topics and subjects I cared about and was really interested in. International Studies and Modern Languages. Not exactly the majors you can easily make millions of, especially if not graduating from an Ivy League University and having connections.
They say education can help prepare students for a future in the interconnected and global world. Can it though? And does it?
I realize that I am not a typical “Soviet”. I have traveled the world ever since I can remember myself, lived most of my adult life abroad, obtained two degrees from an American University, speak a few European languages, as well as have traveled the world for almost a year independently, as in me, myself, and I and my suitcases.
No wonder why I cannot emphasize enough the value of education, at least Western education. If not for those millions, but for other benefits and perks that come with it. Knowledge, experience, reasoning and independent thinking. At least it was for me.
Or, may be, it is those Liberal Arts majors, that many people like to disregard as irrelevant, when in reality they offer more than just words “Liberal” and “Arts” in them.
I did not graduate from an Ivy League University, nevertheless, it doesn’t make it less important and valuable to me. I was fortunate enough to have had qualified professors who were passionate about their area of studies and actually cared about what they do. Who also encouraged us to think and to ask questions.
I majored in International Studies, and needless to say it was one of my favorite subjects, besides Italian. And outstanding professors who with their stories from travels around the world, questions, discussions, essays and reading assignments made classes and subject matters as interesting, informative, interactional, thought-provoking, worth-while and even entertaining as they could be. With many important and relevant topics, ranging from globalization, equal rights and animal rights, environmental and social issues, sustainability to what is considered natural and organic.
Education is, may be, one of the reasons I don’t know what some trivia is, and honestly, don’t care. And I am sure future generations won’t either. Or at least in the world where there is knowledge, education, art and culture, won’t care about it for sure.
Do you think education is worth it nowadays?
All opinions and experiences are, as always, my own.