Teacherscribe’s Teaching Tip #69
LINK is a great place to have this conversation and share this resource because, honestly, I don’t know that students even have a clue out of what they should expect to get out of college.
1. Subject-specific knowledge. The world is far too complex to learn it all outside of the classroom. I always tell students that their future professors will know about one single subject (Victorian England, Shakespeare’s King Lear, Bram Stoker’s Dracula . . .) than you know about everything! Their subject-specific content knowledge is just that incredible. Soak it up.
2. Learning skills. I think the best thing about college – at least for me – was that it forced me to learn how I learn best (I was a visual learner. Thus taking notes and copying them and re-copying them was vital in how I learned).
3. Adult-ing skills. Like it or not, surviving college (and I don’t mean going for a semester or two and then flunking out or getting a job that doesn’t require a degree) teaches you to grow up.
4. Personal relationships. Ask someone who has been out of college 15-20 years. Are they still friends with their college friends? Did connections they made in college impact them in their careers?