It is no secret that one can make a satisfactory living without a college degree. The extreme cases of Mark Zuckerberg and Steve Jobs prove to us so, and in more pragmatic instances, there are plenty of occupations that require more specialized training than a degree. Why study for countless exams or labor over tedious papers and unending homework when one could make money in other ways? Basically, why go to college?
Earlier this year the co-founder of Apple, Steve Wozniak, visited Georgia State for a centennial event to speak about the future of technology. He also touched on the subject of education and the practical uses of a degree. In essence, going to college has a lot to do with the very experience of it, and with that, it is important to live on campus – or at least near it – because many of the raw collegiate experiences happen here.
As a student living on campus, one could make more friends and connections than if one was living far off campus. Low on sugar? Cooking oil? Just go down the hallway and ask your peers if they have extra, and be sure to return the favor later. In addition, living on campus makes it much easier to have gatherings, whether for hanging out, cooking together or studying together. You could also catch some extra sleep before each day, and sleep is incredibly valuable during college.
Of course, it is still possible for one to have a great college experience while commuting, but would that experience be fulfilling to its highest degree? I beg to disagree.