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OK, so maybe we should have known that asking current students for thoughts on the value of a higher education would bring in a unanimously pro-college response. Then again, sometimes it's nice to hear some optimism for a change.


Will Rudolph from Charlotte, N.C., is a student

Do you relate to Dustin Hoffman's character in The Graduate when he says he's worried about his future? I don't think I'm so worried about my future, I'm a little worried about the future in general. ... "Worried," I don't know if that's the right word. "Working on it," maybe.

What are your post-grad plans? Can you just write in a large sigh? I'd like to get out of Colorado Springs, perhaps go to a larger city. It'd be nice to get into a metropolis, walk everywhere, use public transit.

What do you think of as the role of a college education? I think it can play many different roles, it all depends on what you're trying to get out of it. It provides an opportunity to be around a lot of people your age, meet them, and hear some interesting ideas.


Avery Kernan from Norwalk, Conn., is a student

What are your post-grad plans? I think I want to do some type of education ... so probably not Teach for America, but a similar program. I'd like to get into elementary education, like maybe doing a teaching assistant-type job somewhere.

Do you think the so-called "college experience" is different from 20, 30 or 40 years ago? I think that it's really different, probably mostly because of technology, and that totally changes what you're doing, when you're doing it, who you're doing it with — because you're in constant communication, maybe hopping from one place to another, and maybe avoiding contact with people. I think without it, there would be more genuine time spent with people.


Azeem Sola from Colorado Springs, is a student

What are your post-grad plans? I kind of want to make a career by starting my own business. I'm kind of a stereotypical Indian — I'm good at math, I'm going to be a computer science major and I'm going to start a business. All I have to do is own a 7-Eleven and work as a cab driver, and ...

What would you say is the role of a college education? I don't know, it's different for everyone, it seems. For me, my first two years I kind of just liberal-arts-ed it like crazy, I took philosophy and Buddhism classes and stuff like that. And for the next two years I've just decided I'm going to buckle down and get a computer science degree. So for me it was first about being la ... er, not being lazy, but kind of like not thinking about perhaps the way that my career was going as much as experiencing what there is to experience at college. And then after that I decided to go for something practical.

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