I understand that a degree is necessary for certain jobs, but that it can't replace experience. Aside from the information you actually learn there, university teaches you to work and think a certain way.
But that's not the point of this blog.
Inspired by other people's blogs about education vs intelligence, I got to thinking about my own experiences of having a degree and being in university.
As someone who studied a BA, I'm in the middle. BSc and BCom students look down on me, and people with no degree think I look down on them.
Case in point: a girl I knew, lets call her Blank (due to her utter lack of personality), always thought I thought I was better than her because I was in university, studying towards a degree. She was a receptionist or something, and is a year older than me.
I did look down on her. But it's not because she was a receptionist or didn't go study. It was because she cheated on her man shortly after he proposed to her, which she accepted.
Also, she was unable to carry on a conversation. Not because she did not go to university, but because she was so bland and insipid that it was like talking to a brick wall that permanently looked like it smelled something funny.
I know that if my father had not paid for my education I would not have gone to university. I would most likely have gotten a job as a receptionist or something.
Most of my friends are very supportive of my degree, toasting to me whne I got my results AND whne I endured the graduation ceremony. They do not seem to resent me because they don't have degrees and one friend even said I inspired him to further his education.
But I have noticed that there are people that think you judge them because they do not have degrees. Perhaps if you spent less time being bitter about not having a degree, you'd be more liked...
Some of the most interesting people I know have no degrees. And it's not something I ask people, so if I'm talking to someone about life in general, I won't know the difference.
Then, on the flip side of the coin, I was once (not so) jokingly mocked in university by a Bsc student, telling me how a BA isn't good for anything ("what does BA stand for? Bugger All, har har har"). But hey, I've got my BA and got a job while I was still awaiting results.
Besides, I'd rather get my BA first time than try to get a BSc, fail miserably, and end up doing a BA anyway. Or get a BSc and hate my job.
A friend of mine is studying medicine, and I have an ongoing debate with her about whether or not a medical doctor is the only person allowed to be called "Doctor". I believe that if you studied hard enough to get your doctorate, you deserve to be called a doctor. Yet she believes that you cannot be a doctor if you have a degree in something like Communication.
So, there are my musings on university and the qualifications that arise from there.