Why My College Experience Has Been My Most Valuable
By Julie Lain, YOUniversityTV Student Contributing Writer As a kid, many people get asked different variations of the same question: What has been your best experience? And even at that age, there are many joyful moments to consider-birthday parties, trips to the local amusement park, and bicycle-riding lessons. But often, it is not until your adult life that you go through many of your most valuable events. Some, for instance, may find their time in the military to be of utmost importance to them, while others sometimes find that their experience as a parent was the most rewarding one they have had. Personally though, I consider my time in college as my most valuable experience.
First, my experience in college has given me a chance to sharpen my skills in my field of choice. There have been, and there will continue to be, many opportunities to learn more ways of improving my craft as a result of my time in school, which I am truly thankful for. For example, the Writing Center at my school has taught me many writing tips and rules that I was unaware even existed, and would still be unaware of had it not been a part of my experience. Because of this, I realized I still had a lot to learn despite what I thought; but this allows me to improve my skills more as I continue to attend school and also gives me more confidence in my area. And as a result, I know one day this valuable experience will help me in my search for another one-a rewarding career.
In addition to learning practical skills, being in college has also taught me a lot about social sciences such as sociology and history. For instance, I have had the privilege of learning about religions in unfamiliar parts of the world, such as Buddhism and Islam, that I had no knowledge of beforehand. From this experience, I have learned many interesting things about the cultures in which these religions are typically followed. Learning about many different religious ideas and practices in other areas of the world, like meditation, reincarnation, and the worshipping of multiple deities, has been valuable to me because it has cleared up some misconceptions I had, thus allowing me to be less ignorant on the topic. It has also given me a better understanding of others beliefs and traditions, no matter what region of the world they originated. This has made my time in college much more enriching and worthwhile.
Also, there are other social science subjects that were valuable for me to learn as well. For example, I was fortunate to have taken classes in psychology during my earlier years in college. I had always wanted to know more about psychology since I have found the human mind and how it works and develops very interesting. I have learned about the process by which the brain develops during infancy and childhood, the concept of repressed memories, and how distorted those memories become over time. I have thoroughly enjoyed learning about all of this and hope to learn even more about different aspects of psychology in the future. I consider this subject a very valuable and important part of the college experience because, not only does it allow one to understand how their own mind works, but also gives them more knowledge of what the human mind and brain are actually capable of.
My experience in college, particularly the English program, has also allowed me to gain more knowledge about a variety of literary authors and types of literature. Had I not decided to attend Carthage, I would never have known about classic writers like Katherine Anne Porter, Kate Chopin and the many different plays from William Shakespeare. I have also learned more about what fables, short stories and poems are and how to tell between them. Also, reading those classic pieces has given me insight into what it was like to live in the authors time era and what the oppressed female writers had to go through. Not only is this knowledge interesting to learn, but recognizing the differences between various methods of story-writing will also help me to be more versatile as a writer, thus improving my future career.
In summary, my time in college has enriched my life in many ways. It has provided me with the necessary tools to enhance my skills more, taught me valuable knowledge about this diverse world and people and concepts in general and eventually will enable me to hopefully become more successful in life when I finally graduate and get my degree. It also has stressed to me the importance of thinking critically and asking questions in many situations. All these aspects of college have also made me more well-rounded as a person. It has been easier for me to achieve these opportunities than if I lived in some other countries, especially third-world ones. These experiences are truly irreplaceable and I would not trade them for anything. If I could go back in time and speak to my much younger self when I was first asked the question, What has been your best experience? the baby-faced version of me would certainly have been surprised by what my answer is now.
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Colleges are built with a motive to earn profits. The main target is high profits at every stage. Students are either coming from rich families and their objectives are showing of their wealth and fashions. Some brilliant students, who are from normal middle class, try to work on their own. Teachers too have to struggle for second group of candidates. The concentration is more on theories and thesis. The practical aspect is totally neglected.
The traditional education is on the pattern of Gurukul. An ideal college should have the guidance of dedicated teachers. Such guidance should be all time and the teachers should be encouraged impart training not only in book but also in practical life. The teacher should handle each student very personally and should make ideal citizens out of students.
College should have good labs, open ground, proper hostel for boarders and strict ruling while cultivating culture and manners among the trainees. It should be worked on army line, where the candidates are groomed for all the ups and downs of life. A bare fact which needs to be kept in view that financial tightness has shattered the life in general. Parents are too busy to spare time for their wards. The routine struggle makes them totally tired. Thus they fail to cope with the requirements. The candidate indulges in malpractices for proxy in class or mass copying. This evolved hostel life for the wards. They can gain the best if teachers take interest.
The plight of the teachers worsens when they do not get monthly emoulments in time. They feel the pinch very indifferently and look for income outside the college attendance. They look for tuitions and extra classes where they charge good money. The payments are mostly delayed due to financial problem which disturb the smooth working of an institution. Hence the financial position of a college should be reviewed every now and then and teachers be provided with proper facilities.
The staff of a college should be regular, qualified and practical education minded. Contact in industry and offices should be established as and when required and students should be encouraged to develop friendship in this sector.
Lastly, the ideal college should produce ideal citizens for the nation. Every student should have the dignity of labour and should make efforts to learn while he earns. My personal opinion does not favour co-education. My preference will be the separate institutions for girls and boys. Even if co-education is adopted, every care should be taken for a perfect sidcipline and observance of regular code of conduct.
The institution/college of this pattern will certainly be an ideal institution for the students and it will certainly be at par to our expectations.