You may have heard the recent buzz that the first two years of college are not academically meaningful. Is it true? As a current college student, I’ve been questioning the value of my education after reading this article. And perhaps in a sense it’s true. I can’t say that Italian Food and Literature will greatly benefit my career. But I think college is about so much more than the classes we take, as interesting and educational as they may be. I think it is a time in our lives to understand ourselves better; to foster meaningful friendships and relationships, to begin a career plan, and to just have fun. It’s more than just the classes.
I hope you did, do, or will enjoy your college years. It is four years of precious time. And while I don’t think it’s the best time of our lives (I don’t like to think that life only has one perfect period), I do think it is certainly one of the best times. There are so many opportunities to take advantage of during this time that we never would have otherwise; to study abroad, to join a sorority or a fraternity, to take an interesting but random class, to try a new club sport, and to be a part of a special philanthropy. The opportunities are endless. I think it’s up to us to seize those opportunities.
So while research may say that the first two years of college are educationally useless, I beg to differ. If anything, it is in these two years that I have learned more than I ever have about myself. I have learned that I am stronger than I thought I was—it is a time of new found independence. For many of us, it is our first to live on our own, without our family, and it is a tremendous learning experience. For me, that is more important than any calculus equation.