The second first day back to school didn’t hold too many surprises. (My last post was about the first day of school last year.) I have overheard many of the same problems that accompany the stress of returning and beginning the grueling task of homework and understanding the expectations of teachers. Conversations still run the gambit about college life but there seems to be a recurring and overriding conversation among students about the escalating cost of college and how and who is going to pay for it.
Some are lucky and have parents that can foot the bill, some are National Guard personal, and some are here on the GI Bill etc. Then, there are those that must take out student loans and apply for government grants.
Regardless of how and who, students need to realize one thing, get your money’s worth or the donor’s money’s worth. That doesn’t mean make it to all the sporting events, all the evening diversions, the political protests and the rest of college life outside of the classroom. It means make most of your time in the class room.
Today’s technology is great. We all have cell phones to keep in tough and computers to aid in homework and networking with friends; but not in class. I have noticed so many students’ texting friends, surfing the net, checking email and Face Book accounts when the professor is giving a lecture or explaining assignments. These multitasking students are missing it all. Depending on where you go the cost of college runs at the low end $10,000 a year. Why would anyone spend that kind of money to sit in class and text friends, surf the web and check email? And all the time complaining they are not getting the material and why did the professor “give me such a poor grade?”
I just hope those that are misusing their time aren’t here using Pell grants and public assistance. After all that money comes from our taxes. The money is loaned or given to these students as an investment in their and our future.
I’m a carful investor. I always look for a return on my investment. I sometimes wish that I could pull what is remaining of my principal out of the investment of students that take it for granted that I will continue paying for them to text, email and surf. My future is too important to waste.
And in the long run it is all of us who will pay.