Education can take place both within and outside of the classroom. From an early age, lessons such as counting, learning the alphabet and tying one’s shoes may be taught at home. Things such as learning to share, learning to work in a group and manners may be learned in a group or play situation. School gives the fundamental building blocks for a well-rounded education. It helps to educate the individual in every academic area: math, science, history, reading, writing, computers, foreign language and more.
After secondary education is completed, many students choose to go to college or university. Now, with learning resources more abundant than ever, some wonder if there is value in a university degree. Students may learn for free from websites or read many books from the library and acquire a vast amount of knowledge. All of this is true.
University education is still important though. Here’s how.
1) Universities are training grounds for life. Just like school equips a child with lessons in cooperation as well as academic material, studying at a university can help a person learn to function on the adult level on projects, writing papers and conducting science experiments, among other things. Fellow students become “colleagues”.
2) Work places recognize a standard of learning based on a degree. It can be easier to get a job when one has a university degree. You can teach yourself and learn much, but self-learning is better as a supplement (not a replacement) to a university degree.
3) Learning from an expert is valuable. University professors are often experts in their fields.
4) University graduates tend to make more money than those without qualifications. Higher salaries can lead to a better quality of life and more ease at affording the life one wants.
5) Colleges and universities are centers of research and thus are gateways to cutting-edge resources and information. Being a student allows one access to the most up-to-date information, something that may take months or years to be available in books to read.
6) Universities are collections of some of the brightest students. Being around other great minds can spark new ideas and encourage interest in new areas.
7) Students from many backgrounds come together in college and university. Life is full of diversity. For some students, especially those from small towns, going to a university or college may provide them with the first opportunity that they’ve had to meet people from another culture. Learning about other people is a valuable part of the college experience.