So enough about dentists. I found this interesting AP article about students finding limits to their college education. (See more here: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20110118/ap_on_re_us/us_college_learning).
"You are told that to make it in life, you must go to college. You work hard to get there. You or your parents drain savings or take out huge loans to pay for it all.
And you end up learning ... not much.
A study of more than 2,300 undergraduates found 45 percent of students show no significant improvement in the key measures of critical thinking, complex reasoning and writing by the end of their sophomore years."
I can honestly say that by the end of my sophomore year I don't think I further developed my critical thinking or complex reasoning. I was a better researcher and writer and I also developed my own style of writing. (Which I use in this blog. Short sentences. Choppy. Straight outta the brain. No filtering.)
I believe that is college is what you make it. I don't think I used to think this, but I do now. This year I began to get involved, work harder, and take pride in my scholastic work. I wrote the best research papers in my class, learned more when I applied myself outside the classroom, and my social life also expanded.
Speaking of social things - Jill is an awesome friend! And she sent me an awesome bracelet from Aruba. And she is cool. So is Alexis. Who I can make awesome faces at. And Josie. Who I can always count on as a hot chocolate/food partner in crime.
Life is good! (Minus the fact my jaw hurts.)