Still, not knowing what to study when first starting college is normal--between 20% and 50% of students start off as undeclared. Your early years are the perfect time to explore your interests and figure out what you love doing.
Gather any group of college professors in any discipline in any part of the country, and most (if not all) have noticed a mindset affecting many college students in which they seem to value their degree more than their education.
Let me be clear. College is not right for everyone, but it undisputedly remains the ticket to socioeconomic mobility. We need to stop debating its value, and instead focus on ensuring more students have access to college.
Over 73 million adults have a college degree in this country, but less than 2 million of them are members of the One Percent. Most earn less than a fifth of what they'd need to qualify for the One Percent.
Is college worth its cost? A new study reported in the journal Science reiterates the long-standing conclusion that the clear answer is "yes." In case you're wondering why, below I'll give you an example in the same way I present it to students,
Many students go to college simply because they believe that is what they must do after leaving high school. I personally think a few years in between might be the best path for some -- while they find who they are as an adult.
With the cost of a four year college education rapidly moving beyond the range of affordability for many families, this is an excellent time to take a close look as some well-paying occupations that don't require a degree. Fortunately, there are plenty of them.
If the typical resolution routine is not working for you, perhaps it is time to think about a true investment in yourself and your future. Consider the viability of going back to school in 2014 and continuing your education as an adult learner.
The topic of the "ROI of a college degree," may be the strongest factor for working adults and other nontraditional students looking to return to a degree program. The need for higher education in this country is clear.
Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans. For many of the 37 million Americans who have some college education but no degree, life simply got in the way of their college pursuit.
The traditional college transcript is particularly unsuited for this task. It lists the courses completed and how people performed. But it says little about what someone actually learned or what a person knows.
In all the recent conversations about affordability, value, completion and employment, we should not lose sight of the very thing that makes American higher education an engine of economic development and the envy of the world.