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    Back in the 70s, going to college was what people who wanted to be successful did, because a high school education had eroded in rigor and value since the days of our parents' education. The erosion has continued, engulfing “higher education” as well. At this point, the majority of 4-year degrees are meaningless...

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    Quote Originally Posted by stef View Post
    Back in the 70s, going to college was what people who wanted to be successful did, because a high school education had eroded in rigor and value since the days of our parents' education. The erosion has continued, engulfing “higher education” as well. At this point, the majority of 4-year degrees are meaningless...

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    I just passed this article along to my two kids who are high school seniors. Fortunately they are looking at nursing schools so thanks for the reference to nursing. I let them know that “Dad ain’t paying’ for some BS major.”

    One very important and probably under appreciated line was the understanding of long time scales, and how that should help one to put the so called climate change into its proper perspective. That really needs to be stressed.

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    Couldn't agree more. I took all the basic courses you suggested EXCEPT geology, which I greatly regret missing out on.

    I would go a step further: majoring in "a science" without a clear plan as to what work you plan to is a bad idea. I did just that and chose a biology major. My BS in biology did not qualify me to do anything substantial in the workforce. I would've been screwed if I didn't get into med school.

    If I did it all over I would get an engineering degree; even if you don't work in the engineering field this is useful education for your life generally.

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    This was a great article. I loved the recommendation to stay away from any major that didn’t have a calculus requirement (and for the reason given).

    I went to a very close friend’s daughter’s wedding. I met the groom and he seemed very intimidated by me because his soon to be wife’s family had told him I was very educated and a physician and he had never gone to college. I asked him what he did and he was working at a Cadillac dealership as a mechanic. The kid learned about cars from his dad and since signing on at the dealership, they were sending him all over the country to take company courses on every system in the car on their dime. He was rapidly being promoted up the ladder assuming more and more leadership responsibilities.

    Of course he was obviously going places and of course I told him that he was CRUSHING his career. His college-bound buddies were soon going to be VERY jealous.

    No debt, a high demand job, and one that will never be outsourced to China? What’s not to love?

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    I'm 30 and have an agriculture econ degree from a big state school. The best thing I got from my college education was the professional network. Most of my professional success has had to do with where I went to school and the people I met. It was an expensive way to get that network, but it has paid dividends. I showed up and did an average job and am now lucky to have an engaging career that I give a shit about.

    I currently am a commodity trader and manage a grain elevator. I also am a partner in my family's corn and soybean farm. Parents paid for me to go to college and the system worked out for me. But in spite of my success I know that the current college system does not work for many people. And I'm lucky as hell that my parent's gave me that assistance. I owe them everything.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FarmerBen View Post
    I'm 30 and have an agriculture econ degree from a big state school. The best thing I got from my college education was the professional network. Most of my professional success has had to do with where I went to school and the people I met. It was an expensive way to get that network, but it has paid dividends. I showed up and did an average job and am now lucky to have an engaging career that I give a shit about.

    I currently am a commodity trader and manage a grain elevator. I also am a partner in my family's corn and soybean farm. Parents paid for me to go to college and the system worked out for me. But in spite of my success I know that the current college system does not work for many people. And I'm lucky as hell that my parent's gave me that assistance. I owe them everything.
    Yeah, networking seems to be the main benefit a lot of people get from college. Wish I could be one of those people.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FarmerBen View Post
    I'm 30 and have an agriculture econ degree from a big state school. The best thing I got from my college education was the professional network. Most of my professional success has had to do with where I went to school and the people I met. It was an expensive way to get that network, but it has paid dividends. I showed up and did an average job and am now lucky to have an engaging career that I give a shit about.

    I currently am a commodity trader and manage a grain elevator. I also am a partner in my family's corn and soybean farm. Parents paid for me to go to college and the system worked out for me. But in spite of my success I know that the current college system does not work for many people. And I'm lucky as hell that my parent's gave me that assistance. I owe them everything.
    You simply cannot go wrong with an agricultural degree.

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    Agriculture Communications is a real major and is total bullshit. Exception that proves the rule.

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