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Open Space: The end of universities

June 12, 2013 by Vishal Pandey, contributing writer

On my first orientation day at Camosun, I met many students preparing for “university transfer.” It got my attention; I researched, interacted with many UVic students; they shared their experiences. It made me think about transfer options.

Two weeks at Camosun completely changed my mind about the university transfer. Is university what I really wanted?

I was surprised, but my conclusion was a big “NO.”

People who think university is such a big deal should really research a bit. Gone are the days when being an Ivy League graduate meant everything. This is the new world. Colleges are the order of the new world.

Would you like to be appreciated in front of a crowd of 50 or lost in a crowd of 250? What is better: studying in a class of 50 or 250? The books are the same, the instructors are different. Everyone knows this, don’t they? So why is it that students still tend to lean towards universities?

A better-paying job? Better-quality education? Well, let me wake you up from the deep sleep, my friends: it’s nothing but a myth.

The company that hires a university grad will kick him out on his second day at work if he knows nothing. You might think, but why would he know nothing? He was a university graduate, right? Well, he was in a class of 200 and the professor didn’t spend much time on every individual. So, he learnt nothing.

Another argument: some say studying with more students means more competition, so the best will succeed. But what about the rest? Isn’t it a better feeling when you earn something, as opposed to it being given to you? Colleges provide opportunities and are supportive because it’s a small community. People care about the students at colleges, especially at Camosun. This is what makes a better learning environment.

When it comes to employers in the workforce, they don’t care where you studied, as long as you make them profit. I know people who are college graduates who earn more than some university graduates. College is pocket-friendly; paying a university fee isn’t. With ever-increasing rates of student loans, a college is a wiser option. You start a degree in a college, finish it there, it wouldn’t hurt.

Actually, it’s better than transferring to university.

The time has come for the myth of universities to be broken. So, my friends, open your eyes, listen to the order of the new corporate world: they want talent, innovation, motivation, passion, knowledge, and not just a university degree.

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One Response to “Open Space: The end of universities”
  1. Michael Subasic says:

    Well for one thing a University education requires a longer commitment to accomplish and therefore represents more focus and dedication from those that accomplish it.
    But more importantly you state we should “listen to the order of the new corporate world” when choosing college over University. But the critical thinking at a University would help you develop ideas beyond what the corporate world keeps prescribing for our problems. Because in my experience the corporate world is solving its own problems, but not the larger problems that need to be addressed.

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