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New Grads: What Did College Prepare You For?

While trying to de-clutter my home office last night, I sorted through a giant stack of papers and rediscovered my college transcript. It's been four years since I last saw it, so I understandably got sucked into a long moment of nostalgia as I looked it over.

My memories of college don't revolve around classes and grades, but more around the people I met and the life experience I soaked in. So it was no surprise that I couldn't for the life of me remember what I learned from some of the courses I took, simply based on the course titles.

The point is...

I graduated with a B.A. in English and chose to hop on the writing career path. Unfortunately, I feel like most of my college courses were useless, unnecessary, and a waste of time and money. I understand the theory behind a liberal arts education (to create a well-rounded student), but I can't help thinking I could be a better writer today if I'd focused solely on writing while in school, instead of being forced to dabble in irrelevant subjects.

Don't get me wrong: College was undoubtedly an experience worth having. But just as most college students would say, college did not teach me how to grow a career, be a homeowner, or navigate my personal life around a full-time job.

So, as a new grad who's just venturing out to begin a career: How do you feel about the classes you took? Did you think you'll end up on a path where your classes actually benefit your career choice (teaching, engineering, architecture, etc.)?

Share your thoughts or experiences with us below!

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