What’s Your Major?

Posted: September 23, 2010 in Christian Living, General Life
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Maybe you’ve heard this question before. If you attend or have attended a college, chances are, you have heard this one before. Depending on your answer, there are many follow-up questions, such as; “When did you decide you wanted to do that?” or “Do you want to be a history teacher (or English, or math…). When I talk to teenagers about their college plans, I usually get blank stares back, or some rehearsed speech about the importance of college in today’s society. Granted, education is important, and should not be shunned for the sake of rebellion, but is college always the right answer? In the US, education is free from Kindergarten through twelfth grade. After that, it’s up to the individual to decide whether or not to continue formal education. College is not free for Americans. And it shouldn’t be. College is supposed to be higher education. It should be worth something, and thus, should cost something. My problem is not with the cost of school, but in the way our society forces college on our teenagers.

Now, college is not cheap. A rough estimate for tuition over a year at a 4 year public school is slightly over $7k, while the average yearly cost of a 4 year private school is just over $26k (I looked up stats on collegeboard.com). Multiply that by four and you’re looking at student loans hovering near six-figures. Now, if you want to enter a career field where college is not an option, well, college is not an option, but there are not many of those. For the other career fields, there are other more creative ways to learn a trade or educate yourself. I work in the technology field, and spent no money on education. I joined the Army instead. They trained me to do all kinds of nifty things, and then even gave me money to go to college when we parted ways. If you don’t feel like taking up arms against others, there are free books at the library and online that will help you learn a new trade or to know more about your current one. My point is, college is not the only option after high school.

Now to the real point of my post. Why? We tell kids they need to go to college as if life depends on it. Even in Christian circles, it seems that we put a lot of faith in this system. You go to school, get good grades (maybe even play a sport or two), get into a good college, then get a good 9-5. Get married, have kids and ignore them as you climb the corporate ladder. Ah, the American way.

There is no difference in how Christians live than most other Americans. There is nothing separating us from the crowd. Faith in God is not demonstrated by following the status quo. Our faith seems to be in the system of this society. Our faith in God is that we hope He will help us bend the system to our wills. I don’t think it’s supposed to be this way. Shouldn’t there be another way? If we continue to follow the ways of the world, how are we supposed to show that there is another way? If we didn’t spend so much time trying to earn money, and actually took care of each other, and lived simpler lives, wouldn’t we be different?

What do you think? Is college the only viable answer? Does following the crowd mean we don’t have faith in God for our paths in life? I would really like to hear some opinions on this, if you’re willing to post responses in the comments section.

  1. David says:

    Jesus said follow your hearts desire into the most lucrative carrer path your SAT score allows. Oh wait… He said put down your lives and follow me. (paraphrase)

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