Yes, it’s just a piece of paper. Shoddy stuff really, not as solid as the degrees they handed out in the 90s, conservation efforts I guess. But it’s not the quality of the paper that really matters, it’s the quality of the education. But it’s a bit sketchy too, isn’t it? Does it matter that you went to college?
The cynics are right, those who say “you are not smarter to graduate”, “you are not richer than the high school dropout who got into crypto or started a business” . But then again, you probably weren’t interested in day trading, and you probably never thought of yourself as a plumber or electrician. Most of us came to school because we wanted to pursue a passion, some questions we wanted answered, maybe a family legacy of college graduates. But even then, a lot of students graduate, and it’s really just a piece of paper confirming enrollment, attendance, and a satisfactory grade.
Many students never take advantage of what this college degree means.
What it represents are resources, resources that are readily available to all of us. It represents the opportunity to acquire experience, to build a network, to develop tertiary skills which are all in great demand as the labor market evolves. At UTM, you just have to ask. Do you want work experience? Enter the Center for Student Engagement and immediately receive a volunteer position. Want to get paid? Apply to dozens of work-study positions reserved for UTM students. Want to become a researcher? Contact a teacher and ask to work with him. Need a network? Go to the Get Hired Fair, talk to your instructors, and get involved. Want to publish your writing? To hit The way with an article or submit to campus journals that cover everything from science and psychology, math and literature.
You can do all of these things without any conditions. Ask and you will receive. Work and you will be rewarded …
So break this stereotype of college only being a piece of paper. Start now, start early and go to waterholes often which give up opportunities as clouds release rain in London. And you might end up with more than just a piece of paper.