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Is Private University Worth the Price?

by Alessandra Velasquez 4 months ago in college
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Public School VS Private School

I am fortunate enough to have earned two bachelors degrees from a private school and a public school in two very different geographic locations. Through these experiences I have met a variety of people from all different walks of life. As I sit back and reflect on my experiences at both of these institutions I can't help but to think of the very distinct differences both institutions had.

There will always be the sorority girls and fraternity guys who live life on their parents no limit amex cards as well as the student who works three jobs in order to achieve their goals but each school produces different members of society.

I always wanted to grow up to be a healthcare provider, and my private school education by no means helped me get ahead. The private school instills an every man for themself mentality. You sit in class and you either get the material being taught or you don't and while you have the capability of going to office hours, you are also more prone to your professor singling you out during class. So, as a defense mechanism you spend hours outside of class trying to teach the material to yourself in a way that makes sense. The public university experience on the other hand creates a sense of camaraderie amongst students and prepares students for work in higher education (whether that be a masters or doctorate program). The lecture hall of 150 students poses benefits. Asking for help from peers is alot easier to do than asking a professor for help. When a peer explains material to you they use experiences from your age range and background to allow you to understand it. Peers are able to break the material down into its simplest form because they are learning the material with you. In addition, if you do choose to go to your professors office hours at a public university, they do not have the time to single you out in a lecture hall of 150 students.

From a post- graduation stand point, many of my peers from the private school I attended did not go on to execute their degrees in the work force. I am in my late twenties and many of the individuals I graduated with work at a bar or restaurant full time. I am by no means shaming individuals who work in these places however, if my parents and I paid well over $200,000 for a diploma, I would be using that sheet of paper to its fullest extent as opposed to mixing drinks or serving others. Some of the other people I graduated with live false lives of riches on social media. The individuals I went to public school with went on to land their ideal jobs with great companies. These individuals have shown tremendous work and growth in their respective industries with a tremendously smaller price tag on their diploma.

To answer the overarching question "Is Private University Worth the Price?" In my personal opinion, no, unless your goal is to work in the hospitality industry. In addition, unless you're attending a big name private university like USC or NYU or even Baylor, odds are good the employer or graduate program you're applying to has not even heard of your school.

Private University creates an elitist attitude amongst their alumni that the typical 9 to 5 is below them. Many alumni continue to live off of their parents credit cards many years after graduating in fear of not being able to afford the life of riches they were grown up around. Those who stay in touch after graduating from a private university have a keeping up with the Jones’ mentality and are constantly trying to one up their "friends".

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