Just When I Think I’m Out, They Pull Me Back In…
Those of us who have completed our university career completely understand the meaning behind the title of this blog (and, incidentally, the immortal words of Michael Corleone in the Godfather III) in regards to your education.
Knowing that you’ve completed 2 years of higher education is fantastic…until you remember that you have another 2 more to go. I remember finishing my 2nd year at university and thinking to myself, “all that and I’m only half-way through?!” It was frustrating and, in a sense, rather demotivating (as my 3rd year transcript can most assuredly confirm). So, I thought that I had completed a fair chunk of my degree, but then they sucked me back in. I had to stay for another 2 more years in order to complete my undergraduate degree; if I didn’t, then the 2 years of education I had completed would be useless. Also, once you’ve obtained your undergrad degree, the universities like to fill you in on the big joke that sounds like it was written by a sometime friend: “Sorry, but you need to come back to complete a Master’s degree. If you don’t, you’ll be left behind in the job market, you won’t have the skills to compete for jobs, and, although you’ve completed a degree, you’re really considered useless until you get your Master’s… just thought you should know.” Unbelievable.
In Canada, you’re told that you need a university degree to get anywhere in life, and along with that degree comes 4 years of sleepless nights, stressful visits to the library, an unhealthy addiction to caffeine, and an ever-growing debt load.
There are other options out there; there are many private colleges within the provinces that allow you to complete the training you need in a year or less. I think that, as Canadians, we freak out a bit when people mention private training because there are so many horror stories floating around about sub-par institutions operating out of someone’s basement, or something. But we have to remember that there are many accredited and reputable schools out there as well. If I had to prepare for my future, knowing what I know now, I probably would have given private training a little more thought when I was younger. Instead of relying on my parents to finance my 4-year academic career at a public university for $25,000+ (that was some time ago, so I’m sure it’s more expensive now), I probably would have looked into some private schools that offer programmes that prepare you in a year or so and cost closer to $10,000.
So, bottom line: if you go to a private college, you will be out in a year or less (depending on the programme, of course) and will be prepared for the workforce; it’s an offer you can’t refuse (you see what I did there? With another Godfather quote? Did ya see that?).
If you go to university, just be prepared for the inevitable moment when you think that you’re almost out, because they will find a way to pull you back in…oh, and also charge you another $20,000 while they’re at it.
Just make sure that if you decline to return, they don’t go and leave a horse head in your bed….
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