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200 Men Said…. College Smollege

In 200 Men Said.... on 28 January 2011 at 12:13 am

 

Statistics would have you believing that there are no men in college, and in some cases and ethnic groups you couldn’t be closer to the truth….. but why is that? Are we as a society teaching our guys the value of an education? I seldom wonder who will I marry if most guys don’t think that a college education is as important as “getting that paper”. I mean, they tell me that I should look for someone to be my equal, and if I went to school …is it too much to ask that my future husband went to school as well? I know that this shouldn’t be the be all and end all of the world, but I think that it is a valid question.

While in school, I noticed which majors guys were signing up for. Yes, you have your random music majors, theatre majors, and art majors… but all in all you were heavily saturated with testosterone in the Engineering, Science, and Law fields. Now don’t get me wrong, there is nothing sexier than a hot architect who can bring the house down and then build it back up… but how did THESE guys get the message about school and so many others did not? Why did these guys feel it was good to have a degree over street credit and fast money? Why do I find these guys so freaking attractive? *shakes away thoughts* Or maybe it was a life situation that made it impossible. maybe the dread of having Salle Mae making him her bitch made him not go; understandably so. But all of this speculation is pointless unless I go directly to the source.

I have no prior knowledge of what each of these men do for a living, nor their education. I also didnt know who would get the answers back in time for my personal deadline to write this blog. Therefore, I think that the responses will be very organic, right? So, I wanted to know what the every day guy thought about college, so I asked my 200 Men:

I have seen the benefits of having a higher education and wouldn’t trade it for the world. How have/would you benefit from having a college education? Is it important to you? 

And the answers that made it in by my deadline said: 

  • Prestige “The One And Only”: It’s very important which is why, while I’ve been in the military, I’m going to school.
  • bree B: Yes,i do feel a higher education is important in todays society.i’ve benefited my bein able to work in a law firm for 10yrs.
  • Lateef25: yes but college isnt made for everyone
  • Kip S: HIGHER EDUCATION IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT!…whether its a personal advantage or professional.
  • Tori A: i have a law degree and im utilizing it to the best of my ability. however, i worked in the construction field for a # of yrs and it required no degree and i was promoted over time and gained a hefty salary, a lot more than more than many educated ppl
  • Boss: Well I would have love to have one
  • ”DUKE” BANNER: yes it is a college education give you of a sucessful life than someone with out it
  • Code Name Bigsexy:anything you learn makes you a better you in school or any other place in life
  •  Boots: Not only does it prepare you for obtaining a career but it also helps you learn life lessons. How to be completely responsible for yourself w/out your parents help. You learn how to be an adult.
  • Nigi “Pistol Star” Pu Yi: yes it is imortant ..i believe we r all students 4 life!
  • Black Kryptonite aka the KID: Having a college education has opened so many doors for me as well as given me resourcefulness. So many black youth squander the reality of a degree/education as wastefulness. It is what you make it
  • Aries Brotha: education is important to me, and I do plan on going back to ITT Tech to finish what I started. I’ve benefited personally by being exposed to people that are further along than me in the field and reaped a plethora of knowledge and connections.
  •  Johann J: In this economy every little bit helps. Having a college education increases overall wage benefits and helps job stability.
  •  H.O. R: well most of my friends have been to collage and we talk about all the time but its really no different than anyone else. so its not that important but i would love to be able to get mine but I’m good
  •  !: I really havent benefited from a higher education. Its just another highschool diploma unless you have a specialized field like medice or law.. 80% of graduates never work in their field of study…Just looks better on resume than some with a h.s. diploma.
  • John G: Yes my college education has opened doors for me in all ways. Just the name of the school offers a significant prestige to my qualifications.
  •  *~ MR SPONTANEOUS ~*!!PEACE!!: Well i was fortunate to have a higher education also, and it is very important to me. I’m about to go back to College and pick couple of more degrees, maybe go to law school if i finally decided to pursue law.
  • PIECE OF WORK!! $$PET$ PET$ PET$$$: yes it is thats why i am working on it
  • Randall: yes it is very important to me i urge people everyday to make they get one bc i have one plus i have my skills that helps me out to make a great living if u dont have a skill all the degrees in the world means nothing when u cant find a job
  • DA FLY GUY: WELL MAMI I HAV AN ASS DEGREE N COMMUNICATIONS N WIT DA WAY IT IS NOW THEY LOOKN AT IT LIKE A DAM HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA,SO MY PLANS IS 2 GO BACK 4 2 MORE YEARS SUMTIME ANOTHA YA DIG? I KNO PPL WIT OUT DEGREE’S THATS MAKEN BIG MONEY RITE NOW.

  • P Reddz: HIGHER EDUCATION IS THE KEY!! I WISH I WOULD HAVE DONE IT WHEN I WAS YOUNGER.
  • MR. LOVING: Working in my field & yes it’s important!
  • Hit me up on facebook-UB: Having a college education is important bacause what ever you major in you will pick up the basic knowledge and skills you need to go into the work force. But in order to get that degree you have to work hard to succeed.

My most interesting comment came from :

  • James F:  having a college education is a good thing..but its not important to me..all college does or school in general is teach you how to be a good employee..thats all school is they give you information and they want you to remember it…you can search for knowledge and truth on your own cause they dont tell the truth in school especially about black history

 I have to agree with him on some points and disagree with him on the other. I agree that you should be able to seek knowledge and truth on your own. But there are truths that you can’t have access to unless you have the inside track. DO you know that certain schools hold the rights to out of print books? Also, there was a ton of stuff I didn’t even KNOW I was missing until I went to school and I began to wonder why they didn’t teach us this in high school. So yes, but no. Having been through school I had my mind opened and my own thoughts challenged to points of rewriting my personal constitution and I am thankful for that. Now that I have graduated, I can go out into the world and continue to search for the missing links that were brought to my attention.  I also agree yet disagree with the concept that high education makes you a good employee. No, higher education gives you the tools you need to be whatever you so choose to become. So if you gain information and choose to be an employee…then that is on you, not the school. I went to school and I manage to be both an employee and an entrepreneur…..I CHOSE that for myself, not the school. We have to stop blaming others for the lives we chose for ourselves.

What college does allow you to obtain is membership into a member’s only club. Something about that diploma makes people recognize you. Sounds stupid, but it does. You can now be taken seriously over those few other people in the world, merely because you started something, stuck with it, and completed it.  THAT is the principle behind going to school. THAT is why people are employed in fields that have NOTHING to do with their degrees, but because they finished something, employers deem them reliable. Or business partners deem them worthy of doing business with….should you become an entrepreneur. The world is your oyster once you know that the pearl inside is only half of the gift. So that is where I agree with Boots from up above.

In conclusion… with all of the aspiring or current lawyers from above… I swear I didn’t plan this..lol.. you can see the differences in opinions. Many say yes it is nice to have but it isn’t important, while others say it isn’t that important all together. I beg to differ. We have to stop picking fields just because it will make us money and pick what makes us happy and use that to make us money. That’s what I did. No, I don’t work in my field but I use it to make me money after my main job pays my bills. I think that the over all system is jacked…. but if nothing else fails, I think it is better to have a degree than NOT to have one.

Sincerely,

~*My Mother’s Daughter *~

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  1. Its one of those things… ” I would rather have it and not need it, then need it and not have it”.

    • Yes, I agree. It can never hurt to have tools in your tool box that you dont need….right now. But everyone doest think that way. I dont know if that is a good or bad thing, or just a differet thing.

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