Monday, March 24, 2014

College Is a Journey, Not a Destination

Students, at the end of secondary school years, only think of higher education as a destination. They take the SAT and ACT exams again and again, so they may have a better chance to secure a position on the college’s merit list. After their enrollment into a college, these students continue their old routine and their only ambition is to score a good job. They only think of colleges as a destination, which in return, will help them reach another destination.

Such behavior from students is not surprising because most of our society is result oriented, which focuses only on different goals that it has to overcome. We are so much focused on small parts that most often we fail to see the whole picture. Very few can understand the lifelong objectives and consider different goals and destinations as milestones that they had to overcome in their journey.

Most colleges show their results categorized in different ranks, thus giving another reason to kids for entering the race, the race to score the highest grades. All their attention focuses on class positions rather than the complete four years they will spend at the college.

When you see college rankings, you will observe that many colleges have secured their place in the first ten, but still very few would be known to you. This is because these colleges only focus on their rankings and not on the entire picture. They should prioritize their approach more carefully, rather than focusing only on their students’ marks, they should guide their students the entire four years they spend with them, in every aspect of life. Help them uncover their hidden abilities, their desires, and interests. They should teach them about the upcoming challenges and extracurricular activities, so it may help them in their long journey ahead.

Parents and students should not only try for enrollment in top ranking colleges, but they should also consider those that may fit the particular individual. Similarly, colleges, instead of overloading students with a magnitude of assignments including essay and paper writings, should give students some place to groom and let them decide what they want to learn besides their course subjects. May be some students are good in sports, some in music, painting, poetry and others in electronics, mechanics etc., so help those students to learn and master these skills.

The students mastering both the academic and co-curricular aspects including their own skills will have better chances in future. Even if they cannot find a job, they can survive on their own polished skills and abilities, which will help through their journey of life.

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Comparison Between Community Colleges and Four-Year Institutions

Be it a community college or a university, wherever you go you are to write an essay and that too for a multiple time. But there are far more other significant differences other than the length of papers you are to turn in. All of the colleges, whether graduate or post-graduate, are meant for getting a degree of higher education. But what set them apart are the following differences:

  • One is free to enter a community college if willing to go for a degree. There are not many strict criteria set for one to pursue a degree at a community college apart from a few courses which accept only a selected amount of students to be enrolled. A high school diploma, however is required for one to be eligible. As for a public college or university, you have to have a certain score on your SAT or other standardized tests to be eligible for enrollment. However, students still have to test their level of study by taking a placement test to know where they stand before being admitted to a community college.
  • There is no fixed age limit for a student to pursue his/her studies in a community college and students may take up the courses as and when they find it affordable enough. As for a public or private college, the age usually starts from 18 to 22 years right after one is done with his/her baccalaureate degree.
  • Many students take up part time courses in their community college education life while the students at a private college are there on a full-time regular basis.
  • A lot of these community colleges prepare their students for being trained in vocational and technical subjects while colleges in the private sector offer training in professional degrees like law or medicine in addition to a little focus on other technical courses.
  • An associate degree is the highest that is usually offered at a government college where mostly degree programs take a year or two for completion. When it comes to a four-year college or institute, a baccalaureate degree is offered as the highest undergraduate degree which takes 4 to 6 years to be completed.
  • The main focus of the teachers at a community college is only teaching and they are usually the ones holding a Master’s or PhD degree. The faculty members at a private college are responsible either for teaching, researching or even for publication work.