Education Enriching Life

Name: Mariah

Major: English and Secondary Education

Class: 2015

Home State: NH

College: Saint Michael’s College

ImageWhat were your main reasons for going to college? 

To get the training necessary to get the job I want in the future, to meet new people and have new experiences, and to be a more knowledgeable person.

How much of an influence did your parents/peers/teachers have on the schools you chose to apply to?

It was mostly my own choice, but everyone encouraged me to want to achieve higher education.

What do you see as benefits of going to college?

Learning, experiencing, living.

What are some negatives of going to school?

The cost of course, the massive debt I’m going to face.

Did you consider a gap year? Why or why not?

No. I knew exactly what I wanted to do, so I didn’t want to waste time. 

Do you think you would change anything about your choices regarding your education? Nope.

How do you think you will use your education later in life? 

An education can be applied to every aspect of life and enriches it. But to be more specific, I’m going to be a teacher.

Favorite band?

ABBA

The Simplicity of Jobs and Books

Name: Julia

Major: Psychology

Class: 2015

Home State: CT

College: Mount Holyoke College

ImageWhat were your main reasons for going to college?

I’d like to have get a degree so that I have a better chance of getting a job.

How much of an influence did your parents/peers/teachers have on the schools you chose to apply to?

Very Little – I made the final decision.

Where else did you apply?

Bryn Mawr, Connecticut College, Wheaton, Wellesley, Barnard, Simmons, Ithaca, and Goucher

What do you see as benefits of going to college?

Continuing my education, meeting people from around the world, new experiences/opportunities…

What are some negatives of going to school?

Sometimes I miss my family and the workload is exhausting.

Did you consider a gap year? Why or why not?

I did for a split second, but then I decided against it because I was too excited at the prospect of starting college – I wouldn’t have been able to wait.

Now that you’re here at MHC, do you think you would change anything about your choices regarding your education?

I wish I had been clearer in my major choice from the start – now I have to cram all of my major classes into the last semesters.

How do you think you will use your education later in life?

I think that a liberal arts education will secure me with a strong worldview along with the tools I need to make a difference in the world. I hope that my education will help me get a job in which I can help others. I also believe that it will spark a desire in me to continue learning and reading.

Favorite band?

Regina Spektor

School is Interesting and Innovative and it doesn’t have to be Cool

Name: Max

Major: Performance and Classical Civilization

Class: 2016

College: Beloit College

Home State: Rhode Island

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What were your main reasons for going to college? 

I knew I was going to go to college since eigth grade. I was always academically-minded.

Where else did you apply besides Beloit?

I applied to schools with folklore and theater programs. I had a great English teach who created a huge list of colleges he thought would work for me.

What do you see as benefits of going to college?

It builds people up a lot and it’s a way to learn about what you’re interested in and gives you resources you can’t get at other places. It’s not necessary but beneficial to be surrounded by people in the same state of exploration that you are. Also, college forces you to confront people you wouldn’t confront otherwise.

What are some negatives of going to school?

College creates this artificial environment that is positive but doesn’t apply to a lot of the world outside school. One thing in particular about liberal arts schools is the PC culture. We change the way we speak to make things more inclusive but we’re part of an exclusive environment. At the end of the day you have to pay a lot of money to go to school.

Did you consider a gap year? Why or why not?

I was thinking of going to school ealy at Simon’s Rock. At my high school I met all my requirements the year before I graduated. But I ended up finding a lot to do–volunteering, theater, writing. I don’t know if I’m a fan of gap years. My friend took a gap year and did everything he said he was going to do but if you’re just going to take a year to party then don’t.

Now that you’re here at Beloit College, do you think you would change anything about your choices regarding your education?

I’m pretty satisfied. I’m meeting a lot of different people and I’m more social than I thought I would be. I’m not a fan of requirements. If they can trust us to do adult things then they should be able to trust us on what we can take and what we can’t. Requirements should reflect that people are individuals.

Favorite author?

William Blake and T.H. White

A Great Place to Grow

Name: Abigail

Major: Mathematics

Class: 2015

Home State: New Hampshire

College: St. Lawrence University

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What were your main reasons for going to college?

The main reason I went to college was because that’s what you do after high school. Everyone I knew from growing up went to college, so I was going to, too. I was of course very excited to go to college, as I love learning and want to know everything there is to know about everything.

What do you see as benefits of going to college?

I think there are so many benefits of going to college! I think for the job world today, it is necessary to at least get an undergrad degree to be able to get a job you want and be able to live a lifestyle of your chosing.

What are some negatives of going to school?

It is hard to make money during these four years, as work-study jobs are difficult to find on campus and they don’t pay much anyways, but other than that, I can’t think of a single downfall! It’s a great way to mature, learn about yourself, and grow as an adult!

Did you consider a gap year? Why or why not?

I did not consider a gap year. As I said before, everyone I knew went straight to college, and as learning is all I had ever done since I was 5 years old, I wanted to continue learning in the traditional college setting.

Now that you’re in college, do you think you would change anything about your choices regarding your education?

Nothing at all. Although the college application process was filled with rejection, at least for me, I am so happy to have ended up at St. Lawrence and I love all of the opportunities I have had here! Whatever choices I have made to help me get here, I would never change.

How do you think you will use your education later in life?

I think I will look back on my education every day of my life. I feel like college isn’t just a time for learning in the classroom, but to learn outside, too, and the things I learn about myself and about interacting with others will be things I look back on for the rest of my life.

Favorite band?

Jamie Cullum, a British jazz musician!

No Inherent Negatives

Name: Julian Vanecek

Major: Computer Science and Mathematics

Class: 2016

Home State: Wisconsin

College: Beloit College

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What were your main reasons for going to college? 

If I don’t go to school now I would be wasting my time going on a gap year. Going to college is pretty much implied but I still wanted to do it because my family is highly educated and there is no reason for me not to do it.

How much of an influence did your parents/peers/teachers have on the schools you chose to apply to?

I went to Germany in my second semester of my junior year because we hosted a freshman student and I talked to him about going abroad or going to California and he said I should come to Germany. So I went there the next semester to stay with his his family. It was really my decision.

Coming back from Germany I didn’t have any idea about colleges. I didn’t have any idea about the system or anything. And my mom said “Julian, you really like Beloit, you should apply there” so I ended up coming here.

What do you see as benefits of going to college?

Better life, better neighborhood, more options, better job, less stressful life because you don’t have to deal with the system working against you. You have options about how you spend your time, you can do more things like travel and have an all in all less stressful life.

What are some negatives of going to school?

There are no inherent negatives about going to school.

Did you consider a gap year? Why or why not?

Yes I considered it. I didn’t take one because I already had a gap semester in germany where I gained a lot from that. It’s understandable why a lot of people would do it but I could have spent my time more productively by going to school. If I done it I would travel.

Now that you’re here at Beloit College, do you think you would change anything about your choices regarding your education?

I would have researched schools more, but it’s fine where I am now.

How do you think you will use your education later in life?

For my profession, for making money. My education will give me lots of skills. I will be more flexible in terms of what I can do.

Favorite band? 

Phat Phunktion

Answering the ‘So What?’ Questions

Name: Rita Bouwens

College: Beloit College

Major: Anthropology

Class: 2016

Home State: Michigan

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 What were your main reasons for going to college? 

To continue my education and to begin it, ultimately. Learning is never finished.

How much of an influence did your parents/peers/teachers have on the schools you chose to apply to?

Not much at all. My parents pretty much let me have free reign to research schools and I didn’t apply to the same schools as my peers.

Where else did you apply?

University of Michigan, University of Chicago, Hope College, Calvin College, Grand Valley State, Aquinas College, Connecticut College, Bates College, Bowdoin College, Trinity College, Wheaton College, Earlham College, Illinois Wesleyan, Knox College, Kalamazoo College, The College of Wooster, Kenyon College, Oberlin College, Grinnell College, Macalester College, Denison College, and Dickinson College.

What do you see as benefits of going to college?

One is able to articulate oneself better and answer the “so what?” questions. Also, “unpacking” complex concepts.

What are some negatives of going to school?

It’s not cheap.

Did you consider a gap year? Why or why not?

I didn’t, mostly because I was ready to start college and I wanted to get it underway.

Now that you’re here at Beloit College, do you think you would change anything about your choices regarding your education?

I wouldn’t. I love it here and I think it’s the perfect fit for me.

How do you think you will use your education later in life?

I’d love to be an anthropologist and study mermaids. I’m only half-joking with the second part.

Also, what’s your favorite dessert?

Plain popcorn or apples with peanut butter