I found my degree in the mail yesterday.
It came in a black folder and was bent down the middle as it was forcefully stuffed into our tiny community mailbox.
Five years of school, and an unexpected final semester later, I get the chance to consider the weight a degree holds in our current world.
A couple of decades ago, a post-secondary degree would have carried a lot more value to families, society, and most importantly the students themselves. Now it’s part of our checklist of growing up.
And now we’re going through another shift in the culture of education.
Knowing what I know now, I would encourage a younger Anna to take this very moment to rethink schooling, because it turns out that education and learning are two different things.
It’s nice to have a good education, but it’s a lot more interesting to discover how you learn best and gravitate towards what you genuinely hold interest in.
It seems like now would be a really good time to do the second option.