By Cheval John
Everyone grew up hearing that college was the best investment of our lives.
Parents would gear their offspring towards studying hard in school, get good grades and make the honor roll in order to impress the decision makers at major universities.
Major universities would blast their message on television about the benefits of their university programs if you are watching their college football teams or basketball teams playing.
We all believe that if we gain a college degree, we were on the road to job security and not have to worry about the so-call instability of the part-time work.
And who would blame them for believing the hype of going to universities.
Statistics would show that a person who have an bachelor degree or higher will be more likely to remain employable according to the National Center For Educational Statistics (NCES).
Those same statistics shows that a person who only have a high school diploma are less likely to remain employable at a stable workplace.
Everyone believe this message and the number of college attendees are increasing.
The same statistics by the now enrolled in college.
The NCES shows that they are 20.4 million people attending both 2-year and 4-year colleges/universities.
That should be encouraging for everyone because they are taking their education to the next level.
They are enhancing their level of knowledge because of the quality that the professors bring to the classroom.
The professors are recognized for their academic knowledge of their fields and are getting invited to teach or share their knowledge with other universities/conferences around the country and especially around the world.
These qualities alone should make the students more knowledgable and prepared for the real world.
They are paying (I mean their parents) are paying an average of $9,000 dollars a semester which includes books, student fees, etc. if they are at a public universities.
That is just in-state tuition.
It is much higher if you are out-of-state and worse if you are attending a private university or the elite universities like Harvard, Princeton and Yale.
Community colleges (2-yr colleges) are much cheaper.
So that is a bargain to cut the expenses in half if a person is transferring to a university after completing the first two years.
So when the person/s graduates from university, they should have proven that they are ready for the real world and the workforce.
They are aiming to gain great work that will allow them to make great salary in order to pay off the loans that they acquired while gaining their degrees.
Unfortunately, that is not the case.
It is true that the economy has rebounded since the “Great Recession of 2008-09.”
Many college graduates are struggling to find work with the fancy degrees that they earned.
They are wondering how they are going to pay off their student loan debts, which is an average of $28,400 according to the U.S. News and World Report in 2014.
My guess is that number has risen tremendously.
And the masses who have graduated from high school this year, are looking forward to entering the next four years of university life.
Don’t get me wrong, college is a unique experience.
I gained an associate degree in liberal arts and a bachelor’s degree in spanish.
Plus I had years of experience in public relations, journalism, television, and radio at my alma mater while I was a graduate student for most of those.
However, you should look at the alternatives to college.
We are in the age of the internet where anyone can learn about business, science, history, etc. thanks to YouTube, podcasts, and webinars.
A person can form their own business at a less expensive price because they don’t have to worry about setting up a brick and mortar store.
They don’t have to worry about having a hefty marketing budget because they can market themselves by building an online presence through social media channels like Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, LinkedIn, etc.
The main thing is if you interact with your potential customers through these social media channels on a daily basis, you will gain new fans.
So if you still feel that you need to go to college to gain knowledge in the arts, business, languages, history, etc., go for it.
Only if you are studying for a degree that you need to be certified in order to practice like a doctor, lawyer, engineer, etc.
As for the rest, you can learn about history, business, languages, etc. outside of college and save yourself the agony of dealing with debt after gaining a piece of paper that says your are educated.
By Cheval John
If you are a college student, you might get in the habit of studying a lot with little sleep.
You might think that it is the best thing to do because of the amount of work you have to do in order to pass a test.
The same could be applied to someone who is running a business or an employee of a large corporation.
They put in the hours without little sleep while drinking a lot of coffee/caffeine in order to stay awake to get their work done.
They might feel that it is a badge of honor to say that “they got little sleep after putting in a whole lot of hours at their work.”
And the entrepreneur might feel that they can skip sleep because they are wearing many hats in making their business profitable
The truth is that nothing can substitute sleep
According to this article on Health.com, sleep helps to improve your mind and be more creative.
My guess is that the most successful people in the world recognize the importance of sleep and don’t allow the superhero syndrome to take over their life.
I can also guess that Anh Nguyen understands the importance of sleep as well.
So if you feel pressure about working a lot without getting a lot of sleep, stop and think about the benefits of sleep.
Because no paycheck or promotion can replace your health in the long run if you don’t get enough sleep.