April 2012


I presented the video above as a starting point of my comment because it addresses a major of my choice: psychology.  This person suggests and it doesn’t make sense to study for anything else then medical field and engineering/computer science. He graduated with psychology major and feels disappointed. Well, he should have educated himself about opportunities that BA in psychology give. I agree that the opportunities with BA in psychology are not to many and certainly not well paid. You can be a social worker or psychiatric assistant and they are not paid much above the minimum wage. If someone wants to just stop at the BA level, the degree is only the addition to other skills, second major or experience. The employer will look at this major as giving maybe better understanding of people or expect better writing skills from college graduate. However, a dream of becoming a psychologist requires extended education into the Ph.D. program. This is what I intend to do and I argue every point this young person has made in the above video. First, it is not pointless to pursue other degrees because in every field there are successful people and there are failures in the desirable fields. I know of graphic design graduate who is a sales manager in a fitness club. I know of a computer science graduate who is a carpenter. If you don’t have a “feel” for the field, studying it just because it’s been told to guarantee a well paid job is just not wise. A degree is just a small portion of our abilities, talents and personality. It all has to be taken into consideration. And many more factors. I want to become a psychologist, specifically sport psychologist, and I need a Ph.D. degree to be one. No way around it that I know of. A career of a sport psychologist is not easy and not well paid if you just want to execute what you have learned at school. I have some ideas that seem to be revolutionary and I hope that the graduate research settings will allow me to test and further explore options. If my ideas will show significant results, I will become successful on international level and surely make a lot of money. Sport is a not only ever growing field but also thriving in any economy!  What, however if my ideas will fail? I am old enough to take this option into account and have a plan B. Precisely because I do not bet all my money on my success, I want to pursue clinical psychology and I will feel happy to work in hospital settings or as a part of a psychiatrist’s team. What are my job perspectives in that field? On any job posting websites, I have found listings for clinical psychologist. According to the census bureau the field is growing at 22% which is faster then average and the average salary is $68,640. I feel pretty content with those numbers and do not regret my decision to reenter college for career change.

It can’t be stressed enough that going to college, especially going away from home, is a huge step towards responsibility for self. How one will handle it, how one is able to handle his/her own affairs is crucial to success or failure in higher education.

 

 

The part of that kind of videos that many don’t know about is that many of those young students featuring here are tremendously smart, ambitious and dedicated to their scholar duties and will one day become highly successful professionals in their fields. They just need some fun in between of hard work hence videos like that…

 

Great video, putting the “rich without college” cliché into perspective. Yes, if you have a strong urge to pursue other idea, if you have a plan and desire to pursue it, yes, do it and you can always go back to college as a hobby once you have couple of million of dollars in your bank account. The main question whenever you contemplating quitting college or a job, is: what is my alternative! Huge question requiring a very serious response.

 

Very interesting point. I have had take-home exams that I was looking for answers online for and this have not crossed my mind to consider cheating. I have learned the same way only saved some precious time. I think the teachers, mostly young people, are aware of the internet source being out there for use.  I think, the undergraduate program is to get fundaments of knowledge and internet is a source as good as any other for that. The graduate program will require extensive research as much as critical thinking and that cannot be provided by internet unless in plagiarism.

 

 

Making comparison between American system in higher education and in other countries is a huge topic. I don’t think that there are two countries in which the higher education culture would be exactly the same. I see a lot of differences between American and Polish systems. For example, the public Universities in Poland are free but you can enter until the 26th year of age. Above that age, the government doesn’t want to invest any longer in the individual I guess. The options for people older then 26, are some evening and private institutions and they are for a fee.  Another difference, I guess stemming for public universities being offered for free, is that it will not take anybody. The space is limited and a candidate needs to pass an entrance exam and depending on the major it might be between 2 to 50 and more people for one place. There is also not general education part. Once you are accepted, you focus only on the major. When I started my studies, all classes were conducted in German from the day one and if I didn’t understand something, well, that was my problem.

The ego’s drive to dominate has created conflicts based on race, religion, border’s recognition and anything that people can create differences about. The history of slavery and dominance, the racial segregation is as long as humans’ one itself. American society is now taking steps to heal the most recent racial segregation in its history. It is a long, tedious and difficult process. The children presented in the video are raised by only the second generation who is enjoying full civil rights. They have been raised by parents who still remember having to sit in the back of the bus or drinking from designed fountains only. The gates of opportunities for highly desirable careers opened only in the last decade. Having a president of other then Caucasian race, successful singers, actors honored by Oscars is the phenomenon of the 21st century that is only 12 years long. To change the legal rights is one achievement but to change social mentality is quite another. We hope to be heading in the right direction but here I have an example. As I am writing this passage, my daughter is watching pony series. There is a clash between “good” ponies and “bed” ponies. The “good” ponies are of colors like pink, blue, orange, yellow, green, purple- all in pastel, light shades. Do you want to guess the colors of “bed” ponies? Yes, I think you guessed it: grey and light brown and dark brown! Deeply imprinted believes will come to surface in the least expected settings.

The above is one of the best piece of advice I have come across! It might not be well suited for me since first: I don’t have my parents living here and paying my rent, second: I am way above 18 years of age. But for young people contemplating the next step after high school, this is advice worth considering. It does tackle on issue that is fundamental to American thinking: debt. Do you really need to get into debt? Will you be among believers that you can spend first and then pay back later? Not having much adult life experience in the power of money, reality of job market and the amount of bill imposed even for the basic standard of living (car, phone, Internet are much more necessity in today’s reality then luxury).

The issue of debt can’t be presented better then in the video above. I usually opt for making people be responsible for their decisions. After all, I am paying high price for my choices, too. But it is just heartbreaking to make young people pay for decision that they were made without proper knowledge.

Carol Carter is addressing an issue that has been on my mind when discussing college experience: adulthood. This is a challenging time of having adult privileges (if living away from home especially) without the biggest adult burden: bills that are still being paid by someone else most of the cases. To keep oneself on track, to be responsible is a huge challenge if you haven’t been taught that at home. People get drunk not on liquor most of the time but on freedom that they don’t know how to appreciate. 

And this video is a comment to the previous one. College problems seen from the 19 year old student’s perspective.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UdJqDV5lVo0&feature=related

And here is another one from a girl’s point of perspective. It is a great proof that no, not everybody is suited for a college path.

 

 

 

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