You can easily get an expensive college education for a fraction of the cost. Before you get too excited, I have a confession to make. My daughter discovered this idea…not me.
(I’m a little embarrassed that I didn’t cook it up, but at least my progeny did.)
You may recall that my daughter started attending a state college last September. While she got in to a few snooty East Coast universities, we decided that it wasn’t worth selling my liver and right lung in order to finance it. We still wanted an expensive college education experience. We just didn’t want to pay for it. Our college funding solutions included looking at state colleges.
Of course, we had a few concerns about the quality of education she’d get. But since I’ve never seen any proof that higher price tag schools generate happier, wealthier grads, I encouraged her to make the decision she did.
(Also…she ended up going to my alma mater. I became a fan of the idea.)
But I must admit I started getting concerned during her first semester.
She told us that the quality of kids she was meeting was worrisome. They were not highly motivated and not doing all that well. This was a far cry from her high school days where all her friends were super motivated and excelling in many areas.
We started doubting ourselves…maybe we were wrong. Maybe the fact that people pay more for certain schools means the quality of students is better. If that were the case, it might justify having that liver and lung transplant after all.
Fortunately, my daughter solved the problem herself.
She discovered the solution that delivered the expensive college education without the price tag.
She found her way into an honors business organization and got involved with student council.
Turns out that the kids involved in these groups were super high achievers, highly responsible and great role models too.
In order to stay in the organization she must:
a. Show up on time.
b. Demonstrate responsibility.
c. Present herself professionally.
d. Deliver results.
e. Excel in teamwork.
If I didn’t know better, I’d think she was going for her MBA.
I have always been of the mind that very little is taught in the classroom. My experience tells me that the really valuable lessons are learned “in the field.”
I honestly think that my daughter is getting a far better educational experience than she could have received had she gone to those snooty East Coast schools.
She told me herself that she would have felt intimidated and would never have had the chutzpah to get involved in the organizations she has at State.
So there you have it. If you, your child or grandchild really wants to get something out of college, make sure they throw themselves into a highly demanding, academically oriented organization. This way, they too will get an expensive college education without the high cost. They’ll rub shoulders with the cream of the crop. They have great role models and learn more than they could anywhere else. You may not even have to worry about filing out those useless financial aid forms.
What was your experience in school? Did you get really involved or just party? What was the outcome?