I used my years as a student at WVU in the early 70's to learn about all kinds of things. Religion, psychology, criminology, drama, statistics, economics, geology and more. I took classes in many subjects, and attended lectures and events on all sorts of issues. I improved my writing and research skills and maybe my critical thinking. I majored in communication and minored in journalism because I knew those were the career areas I would probably make my money from one day, but I wanted to know about all kinds of things.
I thought that was what higher education was about. Becoming a well-rounded person. I still think that's what it should be.
But a Rassmussen poll says most American's disagree. To nearly 60% it's just a way to get a job. To 60% it's a "financial investment".
It's a tough job market and I understand the desire to give yourself a leg up by focusing on the career fields in demand and using the money spent on college as a means to an end for a job.
But you miss a lot.
And society is a little worse off with each graduate who is just "looking for a job" and not exploring the world of ideas.