Now that my senior year is dwindling down and graduation is just around the corner, I have been asking myself, ‘what’s next?’ In Seth Godin’s blog, What is School for?, he lists all the reasons why people go to school. Even after four years in college, two of which were in the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, I still am just as confused as I was when I sat through my first day of class at Arizona State University. To make matters even more complicated, come May, I’ll have a degree in Public Relations without knowing for sure if this is the career path I want to pursue.
So, really, what is school for? I thought Godin’s response, “learn for the sake of learning,” pretty much sums it up. Yes, I have learned a lot in college. However, am I ever really going to use the information I learned in my Plant Biology or Elvis class? Probably not. Do I even remember it? Not really. Often times we sit through a class because it is required- not because we actually want to be there learning the material.
I also agree with Godin’s response, “Do well on standardized tests.” The one thing that I hate about college is that your grade reflects on how well you take a silly test. I took a class where your whole grade was dependent on one, single exam. To me, this is unfair to the students who are horrible test-takers. Likewise, it is great for the good test-takers. So, after not doing so hot on a few exams, I learned the tips and tricks to do well on a standardized test so it wouldn’t weigh me down.
My three favorite responses about what college is for that Godin wrote were, “minimize public spelling mistakes,” “make sure the sports teams have enough players” and “give kids something to do while parents work.” I thought these were absolutely hilarious, and I couldn’t help but laugh at the validity of them.
Maybe you have a different reason what school is for. It seems like a straightforward answer, but it really stimulated me to think of the reasons why I’ve been sitting in a desk for the past four years…and still am right now. So the next time you are sitting in your early morning class with a Starbucks in your hand and struggling to keep your eyes open through another boring lecture, check out Godin’s blog and it will give you a little spark of clarity why you went to class that day.