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If you were first place in a race, would you give up right before crossing the finish line just because you didn’t want the trophy? Sounds so silly, right? The supposed “ex-valedictorian” of the University of Maryland did exactly that. Gio Managadze excelled in his studies, until he purposely failed his last semester and dropped out two weeks before graduation. He published his explanation for it on LinkedIn and to my surprise, people were inspired by it. However, I was infuriated. Here are 5 reasons college should be seen as a blessing and not a burden.
(Just a disclaimer: The University of Maryland does not even have a valedictorian. Instead, they grant a medalist award to commence a student’s academic achievements, but you must apply for it. Gio Managadze’s LinkedIn post was most likely fake news, but it generated lots of social media buzz.)
5 REASONS COLLEGE IS A BLESSING AND NOT A BURDEN
- A degree is not just a piece of paper:
“Four years of assignments, exams, papers and all I got was a piece of paper.” Yes, well, two thirds of the US population do not have that “piece of paper.” Higher education is a privilege denied to many. Some people can’t afford it or have disabilities that prevent them from learning. Also, Colleges can only accept so many students- even a school as big as UMD. You’re sitting in a seat that could have gone to another student, but the college chose you because they valued you.
- College is an investment:
I’m sorry to break it to you- but college will never be “free.” Even if your tuition is covered by scholarship and financial aid, someone somewhere is paying for you to expand your knowledge. Don’t waste it!
- College should not be boring:
Your major classes should be something you’re passionate about. I love marketing, so it came natural for me to participate in class discussions. Of course some required classes won’t always spark your interest. For me- philosophy at 9am was not my cup of tea, but I stayed positive and made the most of the class. I was luckily able to pick a professor that shaped the lectures class around a movie, and that made all the difference.
- Professors should inspire you:
You may not always like everyone you come across, but for the most part, you should be inspired by your professors. They are highly educated in their field, and many with work experience to back it up. In order to connect with them, you need to actually go to class. In many schools, attendance is an option but you’re only cheating yourself by not going. A professor that sticks out in my mind is my micro-economics professor. I participated frequently and if I needed help, I always reached out. By the end of the semester, he encouraged me to take an economics classes because he believed in me and told me I had the talent for it. His advice gave me the confidence to pursue a minor in economics, but I would have never given it a thought otherwise. Has a professor ever shaped or influenced you in some way?
5. “I’d rather learn by experience”
Learning by experience is a great way to learn but nothing beats having background knowledge. Wouldn’t you prefer to have guidance and direction before starting a project? I know I would! There is less room for error in the real world. Not to mention, professors definitely have stories from their experiences- listen and learn from them.
These are my thoughts, but you tell me- do you think college is a blessing or a burden?