There are two schools of thought about how to get the most out of your college experience.Many educators stress the value of exposure to a broad spectrum of human knowledge.The phrase “liberal arts education” connotes learning that “liberates” the mind to think new thoughts.
Admission to a “name” college is like getting an A in growing up and comes with the presumption of future success to follow.
The ego of anyone—especially an eighteen-year-old—is fragile.
The Search Begins (or, What to Do When You Don’t Have a Clue) 2. Though the deluge of college mail can be highly entertaining, every school from Harvard to Ho Hum U. If you were confused before, try figuring out the difference between two colleges by reading the glossy viewbooks.
Ladd Fiske GT Getting In 5/25/07 PM Page vii Contents Part One: Finding the Right College 1. One place you won’t find the answer is your mailbox, which, if you have checked a certain oval on your PSAT exam, has become a direct pipeline to the propaganda factories of colleges coast to coast.
It can include history, art, astronomy, zoology, and everything in between.
It doesn’t prepare you for any particular job, but instead equips you with the basic skills—reading, writing, thinking—to meet any challenge that comes down the pike.
Practicality says that people go to college to get a good job after graduation and there is plenty of research to show that college is a sound economic investment.
On average, college graduates can expect to earn more than twice as much as those with a high school diploma over a working lifetime and the gap is widening.
Ladd Elusive Equity: Education Reform in Post-Apartheid South Africa with Helen F. How can you figure out what sort of college is right for you?
Hammond Fiske Word Power with Jane Mallison and Margery Mandell Smart Schools, Smart Kids: Why Do Some Schools Work? Craig Sautter Using Both Hands: Women and Education in Cambodia Decentralization of Education: Politics and Consensus When Schools Compete: A Cautionary Tale with Helen F. Unfortunately, college applicants must get it right the first time or go through the same agony again when they transfer.