If I can’t depend on the students as a group or the administration of the college to do what is best for the students, what can I do as an individual student?
I have always felt that a college degree can be beneficial even if you don’t get any benefit from it until later in your life. So my suggestion to all who find themselves already in the system is this:
You must concentrate on spending as little time and money on your four-year “college experience” (remember the result is more important than the experience) as possible. And you should graduate debt free. You should have as little student loan dollars to pay back as possible and no credit card debt. You must still go to an accredited college but you may want to think of transferring to a state school or, if you’re just starting your first year, attending a community college.
If you can’t do this then you may want to think of attending part-time. Get a clerical job in your field and get the credits as you can afford to. Some companies will pay some of the course credits for you. If you decide to go full-time then you may want to go to a school where you can attend during the summer and off-semester hours to enable you to graduate in three years. This will cut down on the interest you will owe if you have student loans.
I HOPE I HAVE BEEN OF SOME HELP!
My name is Professor Roberts and just by the fact that you have reached this website, means that you have already heard about me and my mission to demand honest, full disclosure of college and universities. I have spent most of my career in the Financial Services sector. I have also spent seven years teaching at major Universities.
Your Placement Service Cannot Help You!
If you are a school newspaper editor or a member of the student body, you have people who are looking up to you in your leadership position. Please don’t think like all the other administrators in your college. Realize that there is nothing your professors and administrators can do for you. But you can help all the students in your school. I periodically do editorials for student newspapers. And I would be very willing to write such an article for your organization. (I also visit many campuses). Please let me help. You have nothing to lose.
I will specifically discuss various topics such as the following:
-The mission of the college: Are you sure that what you want is the same as what the college administrators want?
-Is your college placement services department really working for you?
-Are you getting the education you are paying for?
-Why is it so expensive and is it worth it?
-How do I know a college can give me a return on my money invested in these four years?
-I am a third year student, what can I do at this point?
We are planning on covering many such topics. As we construct the sight more topics important to the students will become available.
My experience is in the real world (as opposed to the “academic” experience of most of your full-time professors). I will share with you information that will hopefully allow you to, one day, obtain the job you are looking for in your chosen field. Most of your full-time professors and administrators do not know what to tell you to do. They have no experience in the real world. But you have to start preparing now! There is no time to lose.