While earning a bachelor’s degree, you will learn how to be a better learner. Depending on your preferred track, you may gain some specialized skills to prepare you for the workforce. You will certainly be exposed to parts of the world of knowledge you may have never thought possible before, including self-understanding.
The process of applying for a program is an education in itself. You must decide how far from home you want to travel, what parts of the country (and world) you would like to live in, how you plan to fund your education, and what might interest you to study.
Next, you have to sell yourself to an admissions office you will probably never see. This includes asking friends for recommendation letters, pursuing counselors for transcripts, listing all of your academic and extracurricular activities and meeting application deadlines. This can be quite a task when juggling several university and college options.
Once accepted, you choose your courses of study with an adviser. Liberal arts schools require you to take classes in subjects you may think you would never use. Exposure to arguments in these subjects exercises all of the muscles in your brain and forces you to consider areas of study you might not otherwise have noticed. English majors at some schools, for example, must take classes in science, mathematics, economics, politics, and both western and non-western history. Pursuing a bachelor’s helps you to become more well-rounded.
If you attend a university or college far from home to earn your bachelor’s, you will learn to live on your own and socialize with new people. You will meet students from other places – often other countries – who you must learn to co-exist with. This is particularly true if you are paired with a roommate who you did not choose on your own. Some of the richest learning while working towards a bachelor’s comes from the time not in class because not only do you have a wealth of social experiences, you must also learn how to balance fun and classwork.
Taking college exams – final or otherwise – offers lessons in pressure and organization. In some classes certain exams can count as much as 50 percent of your final grade. Learning to study under such conditions can later help you to meet deadlines in the workplace. You learn more about how you function as a student. You discover your study habits, what hours of the day you are most productive, whether or not you enjoy working with a team. You also discover your weaknesses. You may have difficulties staying on task or being well-organized with your study materials. It’s important to identify these weaknesses so that you can strengthen them for your forthcoming career.
Finishing a four-year degree requires the kind of hard work and commitment that you will need when you start any job. Knowing that you can complete such a task will give you confidence. You will also come in contact with professors who can serve as great references and resources in the future. You may not follow a career in the major you choose. You may change jobs. You will, however, know where and how to find answers when you need them, and you will ask better questions. Earning a bachelor’s at least teaches you that much.