College can sometimes be over rated. Don't get me wrong, it has the potential to be a great experience. To some, college is/was one of the greatest experiences of their lives. I can't count how many times I've heard numerous people say "the best years of your life are in college". I even know some who wish they could go back or still be in college.
I don't know, I guess they miss the community aspect that college offers (amongst other things). Their's something about struggling and striving to achieve the same/similar goal('s) as others around us that makes us feel like we're on the right path, even if we're not. What I really mean by that is no one wants to fail alone. Some may want to succeed alone, but I'm sure most would agree that succeeding as a group is much more effective.
"If you want to go fast, go alone.
If you want to go far, go together."
-someone on Twitter
I'm not really sure what this post is suppose to be about. Maybe nothing. But as I walked to my class this morning, after hunting for a parking spot for 30 mins, I looked around at all the different people. Some with groups some alone. I wondered, why are they all really here? A degree is the obvious answer, but I believe for some it's deeper than that. Maybe they're looking to experience the "best years" of their life. Maybe they're trying to discover themselves. Maybe they're just doing as they were told, by parents; peers; society; whomever. Or maybe they just have nothing better to do and have a big pile of cash lying around.
Regardless. I believe they are all searching for something. Whether they know what it is and are just taking the necessary steps in order to obtain it. Or they're lost and just want to know where to begin searching and figured college was a good place to start.
But why? Why are they searching to begin with? What do they believe it will make/give them? Yes they receive a degree which can be an advantage(?) in their field of study. But that "advantage" has an expiration date. They know that. Or should know that. I guess they're searching because someone told/promised them that receiving a degree was a sure fire way to find it, and if they found it they would obtain what we are all really after.
I believe that the only way to achieve true happiness is to share it. Maybe that's why many people get engaged & marry while in college or just after graduating. Because they subconsciously/consciously realize that all their success won't mean a thing if they don't have anyone to share it with.
To conclude, I don't know if receiving a degree will get you one step closer to finding true happiness. I don't know if it will help you find what you are looking for (I hope it does). I don't know if it will satisfy your parents; peers or society.
All I know is that we can't find happiness. Happiness finds us. When we surround ourselves with people we're glad to have in our lives. When we flood our schedules with tasks we love doing. When we achieve goals we set for ourselves(big or small). When we exceed our own expectations. When we help others find happiness.
We achieve true happiness.
These are thoughts that cross mind when walking to class.