On Deacon Greg Kandra’s blog, we found this insightful article discussing the merits of a college/university degree. In it, Deacon Greg corroborates the thoughts of another article, in which the author stresses the importance of looking beyond a higher institutionalized education. Instead, both the author and Deacon Greg urge one must find personal value beyond a diploma, particularly by finding ones faith and grace.
Naturally, I agree that a person’s worth extends far beyond a diploma. Additionally, in our increasingly competitive job market, diplomas and CVs and accolades are given tremendous thought and value, though these things alone are not necessarily indicative of a person’s intelligence, potential, or personality. I believe people absolutely must strive be to well-rounded, not just simply degree-laden.
With that being said however, of course receiving a degree is highly beneficial!And in today’s world, it is slowly but surely creeping towards “necessary” in many situations that traditionally would not call for such academic requirements (ever hear the phrase “bachelor degrees are the new high school diplomas”?!). Thus, the key is to put that degree to good use! Earning a degree for the sake of holding a piece of paper in ones hand is pointless; instead, use the education to better the world, help others, and in turn–add more value to yourself as a person, not simply a graduate.