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

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