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

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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!

A Foundation of People and Places

Name: Andrew

Major: International Studies

Class: Sophomore

Home State: NH

College: University of Denver

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What were your main reasons for going to college?

To learn about subjects that interest me and to get a degree that will make me employable

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

Parents only gave me options that we could afford. Teachers and peers had little influence.

Where else did you apply?

UNH, UVM, Hofstra, Northeastern, UMiami, American

What do you see as benefits of going to college?

To get a base knowledge of a subject that can be applied to higher degrees or a job. Also, I think we learn important social skills from the university community.

What are some negatives of going to school?

Very expensive! These years of my life could be spent getting practical field experience.

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

Definitely. This would have been a wonderful time to transition and consider what I want out of life. Ultimately, I chose not to because I am going to a school that allows me to study abroad for a year, so it is essentially the same thing, but I still get credit for it.

Would you change anything about your choices regarding your education?

If I could change one thing about the University of Denver, it would be the number of students. It feels a bit small at times.

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

I think the degree will be very useful in the non-profit sector of the human rights field. This is where I hope to see myself in the future. I will most likely have to get a higher degree at some point, but I think the BA is a good starting point.

Favorite band?

WHAAAAT? Impossible question! Some of my favorites include Jamie Woon, Cat Stevens, Coldplay, Wax Tailor, Thievery Corporation