Don’t waste your college education

“Through dialogue, the teacher-of-the-students and the students-of-the-teacher cease to exist and a new term emerges: teacher-student with students-teachers. The teacher is no longer merely the-one-who-teaches, but one who is himself taught in dialogue with the students, who in turn while being taught also teach.” ~ Paulo Freire, Pedagogy of the Oppressed

Want a Harvard education? Here, it’s largely free.

The benefit of going to Harvard isn’t that the lectures are better. If it were, the school wouldn’t make the content so readily available. To my mind, it’s three things:

1) You went to Harvard, and for the rest of your life you can say that you went to Harvard. People think more highly of people who went to Harvard.

2) You now have a large network of peers who also went to Harvard. It’s nice to have a professional network of Ivy League grads.

3) You have brilliant, Nobel Prize-winning professors walking around your campus. You can have conversations with some of the most accomplished people in the world.

That third point is important.

The lecture is no longer significant if it’s being treated like pennies to a dollar. It’s the dialogues with the professor, the hallway side conversations, the office hours where you ask your questions — that’s where real knowledge is found.

Raise you hand, ask questions, go to your professor’s office hours. Don’t settle for the lecture anymore. Don’t waste your college education thinking your GPA is enough.

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