Why do People Like College?

Why do People Like College?

October 22, 2019 100 By Stanley Isaacs


– Did you go to college? – I did, a lot. Here’s the thing about college is I wish that you didn’t
have to start at 18, because who knows anything at 18? – So do you think college was worth it? So can you tell me, is
going to college worth it? Good question. Actually, no, that’s a terrible question that oversimplifies a complex problem. God, why did I ask such a stupid question? Yet, somehow, people seem
to be able to answer it all the time, and a lot of
people answer no these days. And that makes sense
for one simple reasons that I’m going to list right now. One, the internet can teach you everything for the low low cost of
getting the internet. Two, this rich person didn’t graduate, nor this rich person,
nor this rich person, nor this rich person. His name’s Rich get it? (laughs) Three, it creates ♪ soul crushing debt. ♪ Four, Saved by the Bell
The College Years is absolutely inferior to the
original Saved by the Bell. This is probably the most important and most talked about issue,
so we won’t talk about it here. However, this creates a false dichotomy. What I mean is, it’s much more
complicated than yes or no. Doesn’t that make us all feel better? (laughs) (sighs) The one time I ever read a book, I read this book called
Decisive by Chip and Dan Heath which is about how to make better choices, and the very first
villain of decision-making they mentioned is narrow framing. Basically, we often fail
to look at all our options. They say to beware of a binary choice like yes or no, or whether or not. That’s exactly what this question creates, unless we complicate it. So let’s do that, a lot. First by asking what do you mean by it? Is going to college worth the time? Depends, but it usually
takes a lot of time. The worry? Depends, but it’s usually
incredibly stressful. (screaming) The work? It’s probably a lot of work. And the one most of you
are likely concerned about, the money. It’s a ton of money. Actually, you’re probably concerned about some combination of all of these. But that means we need to complicate the question even further. What do you mean by college? A two year college, a four year college, a clown college, night school, a college that trains you
for a specific career, a giant university giving
you worldly knowledge AKA allowing you to stall and never make a decision about your future, but arguably giving you
intangible benefits? Not saying that’s what I did. (laughs) Furthermore, what do you me by going to? But before we answer that, it’s
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of the glasses we got. Why do you like them? – [Wife] They’re very minimal. I’m trying to think of words. – [Craig] I can’t see! Oh I can see. Oh look he’s wearing black glasses! No, they’re blue! No, they’re black. No, they’re blue! – [Toddler] Black, blue,
black, blue, black, blue? – 5268, the year I will
stop wearing these glasses. I’m going to get buried in them. – [Wife] Your corpse will take them off? – Well that’s the year the
asteroid will upearth everything. – Theckeray – [Craig] I like how thacky they are. – Pretty thacky. – [Craig] Like shake your head no at me. Nod your head yes at me. I feel like I’m in the Smoky Mountains sipping on nice Rye Whiskey. – [Wife] Why the Smoky Mountains? – Revel Appalachians, and
then they make whiskey there, so it’s, you get it. – [Wife] I get it now that
I remember that that’s what the glasses are called. – I’m sorry to revel in all of that. (laughing) No I’m not. Do I look like I’m ready to party? I look like I’m ready to party. Am I ready to party? I am ready to party. Do I have to call you Amelia when you wear these? – [Wife] Yeah that’s my alter ego. She spends a lot of time in the sun. – [Craig] Yeah yeah yeah, eyebrows. If I make seagull sounds, will you feel like you’re at the beach? (seagull sounds) – I feel like I’m being circled by crows. If I’m going to be eaten
by a murder of crows, I want to be wearing these glasses. Probably, you don’t want the
word murder in your Ad spot. – [Craig] Links down
below to GlassesUSA.com, and to all the glasses that we bought. Moving on. What do you mean by going to? This doesn’t specify
the benefits you’d get out of college. Such as, the knowledge you gain from, the experience you get
from, the fun you have in, the merits you acquire from,
the friends you make in, the tradition of going to, the
amount of pizza you eat in. It’s probably likely you
want to go to college for the knowledge, merits, and experience. The fun, friends, and pizza,
that’s just kind of a benefit. And tradition, I would say, is probably one of the worst reasons to
go to college in my opinion. But hey, I’m just me. Who’s me? Who is me? Are you a self-motivated person? A lazy pile, a shy person, Michelangelo, not the artist, the Ninja
Turtle, by which I mean ♪ party dude ♪ ♪ Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles ♪ I’m old. A person already skilled
in a certain profession, a person who already has a job, a person with a lot of
money, an aspiring artist, an aspiring doctor, an
aspiring entrepreneur, a person with a big scholarship, John Ratzenberger. If you’re John Ratzenberger you probably don’t need to go to college. Your Pixar voice acting
career will definitely keep you afloat. Regardless, this question
is very different depending on who the me is, but also who is you? Who are you asking? In this case you’re asking me. So I’m Craig AKA WheezyWaiter, age 39, favorite ice cream flavor is chocolate with chunks of peanut butter. Been a YouTuber for like 12
years beginning when I was 27. I graduated from a four-year
program at UW-Madison with a degree in Communication
Arts Radio Television Film. In other words, right after college, I was a waiter for a few years. As far as benefits go,
I will tell you that college was one of the funnest
experiences of my life. In addition to all the pizza I ate, and yes this is Wisconsin,
the beer I drank, I met many of my lifelong friends. I even formed a band with some of them, and eventually after playing
shows around town for a while, we learned how to not be terrible. I learned how to properly
shoot and edit video, though I was kind of training myself before I went to college. And I treasure all the stuff I learned about film theory and film history though I can’t really
put my finger on exactly how useful that is. Elective courses gave me a broad knowledge about things that I didn’t
know I even cared about. Philosophy, history,
comparative literature, and things I thought I was pretty good at but then turned out to hate,
I’m looking at you math. But perhaps the most
valuable educational aspect about college for me was all
the creative writing classes and the screen writing class that I took. I found it incredibly valuable
to try my best at writing and then surrender it to a
room full of other people who were also trying their best. It was the bootcamp I needed to be the creative person I wanted to be. That said, after college, I just kind of putzed around for a while
until I eventually decided to put videos on the internet,
and after 150 of those and like three years, it
became a full-time job. All worked out as it was meant to? I was lucky. Did I make my own luck? Definitely. Did my diploma directly
help me in any way? Not really. Do I regret spending a fortune on college? Definitely not. It in a lot of ways made me
who I am, and I like who I am. Is it for everybody? Definitely not. Is it for my wife? I don’t know, let’s ask her? Do you think college was worth it? (sighs) – [Wife] When I graduated high school, I started at community
college in my hometown. I don’t regret any of the
community college experience. After I moved to Chicago, the big four-year school
experience, I do regret that because it was very expensive. I’m not using that education which is why I’m a huge advocate for community college. – Interesting. – For everybody. I don’t have community college debt. – You use the knowledge
you gained from it? – [Wife] I was a nursing major, and I did two semesters
of that before I realized that I didn’t want to be a nurse. I use the knowledge that I
gained from those classes more than anything else. I still don’t want to be a nurse, but I do think it was really beneficial for my own like medical care. Okay so if you’re going to college, and you find out that you’re ultimately heading in the wrong direction that can be an extremely
expensive way to find out. Community college might
be the more manageable, less risky, route to take. I bet my parents wish I
took that route because full-disclosure, while I was in school, they helped me with my
tuition a little bit. – Yep, just a little bit. – A little bit? (laughing) What do you want to do tonight? – Nothing, got no money. (laughing) – Thank you mom and dad. So I went to a big four-year college, and I’m glad I did. That said, everything I
learned and experienced I probably could have also
learned and experienced doing stuff outside of college. I could’ve joined a writer’s
group, read a bunch of blogs, nowadays you could
watch a bunch of videos, could’ve learned on my own
time, but would I have? I don’t know. College kind of forced me to. I guess it kind of depends on who you are in the me part of the question. Are you a self-motivated person? Do you need structure? Do you need the sunken
cost to convince you to keep up the work? Do you need to surround
yourself with motivated people? Also, all the other parts of the question. Do you think it’s worth
the money to roll the dice at an expensive giant
university and possibly get the intangible benefits of broad knowledge, experience, friends, and pizza? Despite that image, it
was worth it for me, but I was kind of lucky. If it’s not worth it to you, you could go to a less expensive school unless you want to be a doctor or a lawyer or John Ratzenburger. If you’re not already him,
I imagine it’s got to be really hard to become him. You would have to do like
a quantum leap scenario, and even then it would be
temporary, and you’d have to– Oh okay, and also beware
of who you’re asking. Right now, you’re asking this guy, yikes. The point is, the answer
doesn’t have to be a simple yes or no. It’s more complicated, nuanced. So when you ask, “Can you tell me, is going to college worth it?” The answer is, if you
don’t know the answer, broaden your options. Thank you for watching. Here’s my previous video about minimalism. YouTube thinks you’ll like this video, and you can subscribe by clicking there. I have a Patreon where you can support me, and I do little vlogs
every single weekday. Link’s down below to GlassesUSA.com as well as links to all of
the glasses that we got. And good luck. (piano key) Actually, you can see through the glasses. I can wink with the glasses on. (piano key) I went to college.