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Thinking Outside the Education Box

amackent Wrote: Apr 15, 2013 11:17 PM
I'm sorry to offend all you free spirits, but a liberal arts degree is a waste of time and money. You'd be much better off just taking a year off and traveling. If you don't know what you want to do then get into the toughest program you can find. Try engineering or computer science. When you figure out what you want to do you'll have all your options open to you. If you like it you'll have a highly valuable education. If you choose to be lazy and slide through with a basic business or CLA major, you'll have a worthless education, a pile of debt and you'll get not a sliver of sympathy from me. I wish someone had given me this advice when I was in high school.
Kepha Wrote: Apr 16, 2013 5:50 AM
Nonsense, A degree in Chinese Language and Literature got me an in into teaching, diplomatic service, professional translation (for government and business), and the self-confidence to tackle other "hard" languages.

Now, I admit that back in the Sillier 'Seventies, I forced myself to learn how to read the language, when many others wanted it just to shout Mao's slogans.

Perhaps the problem is when garbage by mountebanks like Rigoberta Menchu's ghost writer and shill replace the classics of both the Western and Eastern canons.
goldilocks Wrote: Apr 15, 2013 11:48 PM
people often change their minds about what they want as they age

I recently stumbled upon a Facebook post Sarah Palin had written while reflecting upon her daughter Willow's graduation from an academy that specializes in hair and skin. In it, she said the following:

"Young people should not be pressured into assuming that a college degree is the only path to employment today. It’s not. Some college degrees obviously lead to clear professions, like those in the medical and engineering fields, but that’s not the case with many of the liberal arts degrees young people today gravitate toward either because they aren’t sure what they want to do after college or...