Hey guys, pretty simple setup here.

Those of you who are college educated, what is/was your major? Do you feel that your time at university was beneficial?

Those of you who aren't, what's your trade/profession? Do you feel that you missed out?

Cheers.

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Undergrad: Double degrees in English and History

I definitely felt that my time as an undergrad was beneficial, both because it exposed me to new ideas/influences and because it was, for lack of a better phrase, where I did the last of my growing up. For example, I'd never have read Moby Dick without it having been required for a class. Now, don't get me wrong, I still don't like that book, but I don't like it because I've read it, not because it's just so intimidating that I don't want to read it. As for the latter, college was the first time that I had needed to take care of myself, because no one else was going to.

Grad school: Sociolinguistics

I went to grad school because I thought that I wanted to be a professor. I was mistaken about that, and I learned that fact in grad school. Grad school (at least in the humanities) is for academics; if that isn't your thing, look elsewhere. While I made some good friends in grad school, it's definitely been one of the Mistakes I've Made. However, I definitely wouldn't be the man I am today without having done it, so there's that.

Law School (current)

Personally, I like law school a lot, and I like the law a lot. But, that said, it's not the place to find yourself or a golden ticket to a great job. I think of law school the same way I think about trade schools, except instead of learning how to fix plumbing or air conditioners I'm learning how to fix contracts and wills and the like. 

College Educated.

BA Psychology; MS Social Work; BS Computer Science Engineering.

Waste of time? No...and Yes. 

No because I have such a deep appreciation for knowledge and I likely would have felt I did miss out  otherwise. Not only did I strengthen my love for the beauty of both the arts and sciences (which i always had to a small degree) but got to understand them at a much more in depth level. I suspect some having read my past posts might disagree on that part!  Also, I had remarkable careers in both social work (albeit brief) and as an engineer. 

Yes because I am not using either track now and likely won't again in my lifetime.

Undergrad: Associate in Engineering in electrical Technology

     I had a real honor being taught by the instructors I did. it may have been a trade school but for me it was my foray into college.They had really up todate courses that were more than just run of the mill electrician stuff. What I learned there while not full on engineering I could have used and found a place. 

 Associates of Science in Recording Arts. Bachelors of Science in music busniess. 

   I felt more called here than anything. I was trying to see wher eI could go with a carrer with Music. while this didn't work out like I wanted it to. My time there was still invaluable and I can never regret going. for me and my Faith life it was Godsend so I don't dwell on loosing out. I can still do it as a side gig. Which brings me too....

  Bachelors of Science in Electrical Engineering/ Minor in Math computer science concentration. 

    Attending Merrimack College a well known Catholic college where I am. No matter what the challenge is I can't help but feel blessed at being able to be there and be a part of it. I wish my road took me there sooner so I would be working now, but I am 24 and don't know the meaning of the word quit. I love my school and the chance it gave me. I have a chance to live a good life and have good opportunities to master a craft and get as close to sainthood as I can. 

    

I studied History and Sociology at the university level. Took a Masters in education. It was beneficial to me because academics is my chosen field. I want to earn my Ph.D. eventually.

B.S. in applied mathematics and hoping to eventually return to school for my Master's.  College was definitely the best time of my life so far, but there are a few things I probably would do differently if I could build that time machine.

Let me know when you do finish that machine. I've a few decades I'd like to repair!

Undergrad: physical science and mathematics.

Beneficial?  Try essential.  Without it, I couldn't begin to qualify for my present job, which I love.  Nor would I have had the pleasure of all that learning, both in college and in graduate studies and beyond.

I'm taking a year out of my Physical Therapy (Physiotherapy if you're in Europe!) degree to serve overseas and earn some money for when I graduate! Looking to do a Masters in a year or two so I can open my own private practice with some err... noteworthy credentials.

Once I thought education was the be-all-end all and in the case of my job it really is, but being out here has given me perspective and I've come to the conclusion that education is put a bit too much on a pedestal in today's society, with people being able to earn plenty of cash and get a pretty sweet job without any letters after their name.

I didn't particularly enjoy university life but I'm looking forward to going back and finishing up, just so I can get on with my job, not because of the lifestyle college offers.

I've come to the same conclusion.  The problem is that at 18 or 19 you have so little experience of life that it's impossible to know whether going to college is important or not.  And if it is important, skipping it could be a major problem later.  That was the advice I got at the time, and it wasn't bad advice.  But now, 12 years later, I don't think having a college degree is really that critical, especially as it gets more and more expensive.  You can do quite well without one, though it is true that some careers will be closed to you. 

I found that I wished the MBA at my school had required physics courses.  Allot of analytic information creation that good MBAs should use would be more comfortable for the MBAs if they had taken physics.

My undergrad major is History, with a minor in German.

My time at college was beneficial, certainly.  I took History because I liked it, which was not a bad reason but not a great one either.  You can't do that much with it after graduation, but it works well as a general-purpose degree.  However, I went to a private school and I think now, (12 years later, having paid off my education just this month) that I paid too much for what the income it has returned. If I could, I would advise my teenage self to go to community colleges and/or state schools (even if the quality of instruction was somewhat less), and graduate with much less debt.

Still, I have a much better appreciation for the course of history than I'd have had otherwise.  And that does help with understanding life, and maintaining perspective.  My German minor was probably more important than the history major, though I didn't think so at the time.  I had the opportunity to spend a month in Germany, and be exposed to the richness of language.  I haven't used it or needed it yet, but I think studying German actually broadened my mind more than my major did.

BA in History and Political Science from Texas A&M

 

Taught me reading, reasoning, research and how to pointlessly argue online about stuff I can never possibly change ;)  Seriously though, writing and research just comes naturally to me after that, helped with learning what to do in my current career(tech) and is helping in my current schooling. The best thing about A&M was being in the Aggie Band in the Corps of Cadets. Taught me leadership, loyalty, how to be a man, friendship and so many other lessons in life that don't come in the classroom.

 

Currently getting my MBA, graduating in May '14. Like I said previously, I have a huge leg up on my classmates who were business or engineering undergrad when it comes to research and writing. The group projects I have just started taking the role of team leader and making sure everything is done well. I get A's on all of them now. The things I am learning now will be beyond beneficial as a change careers.

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