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What is the Value of College?

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Students who graduate from college receive a degree. This is a certainty. But it is more than possible to earn a diploma by completing the minimum required class work. By merely attending college, students do not necessarily receive an education. College is often considered the bridge between childhood and adulthood. These four formative years challenge young men and women to learn the meanings of accountability, responsibility, and independence. The experience can be empowering and fulfilling. It can also be lost on those that do not realize the opportunity presented to them. Learning is not limited to class assignments. Colleges and universities boast outstanding resources for their students to further pursue their intellectual passions. For aspiring scientists, of both the natural and social variety, there are research lab positions. For those seeking professional experience, there are internship and work-study opportunities. And for those simply looking to engage with like-minded classmates, there are academic clubs and honor societies. Opportunities for learning abound in college. But it is up to the student to find these resources and take full advantage of them—not only for professional planning, but for personal enrichment and enlightenment.

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