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Why Does College Matter? The 4 To 40 Rule

Why does college matter? The four years of undergraduate study provide a foundation for the next forty years of a career! What you do during that time period matters. What you do and learn in your classes matters. What you do and learn from your clubs and volunteering matters. What you do and learn by practicing personal management skills matters (e.g., time management, wellness, “can do” attitude).

So, why does college matter? A simple numerical approach can help us see why it would be wise for college students to take their undergraduate years seriously and intentionally. The 4 to 40 rule will help us to understand this.

First, we need to back up to childhood and children’s education. Primary/elementary/grade school years encompass the nine years (kindergarten through eighth grade) of preparation for the four years of secondary/high school. So, there are nine primary years that lay a foundation for the four secondary years of high school; this is a 9:4 ratio or a 49 fraction with the denominator as the foundational primary years.

Second, the four years of academic high school education are preparatory for four years of undergraduate education; this is a 4:4 ratio or a 44 fraction.

Third, turning to the impact of a four year undergraduate education as preparatory for a post-college life and career of roughly 40 years, this is a 4:40 ratio or a 404 fraction.

Grade School to Secondary School Ratio--9:4

High School to College Ratio--4:4

College to Post-Graduate Career and Life Ratio—4:40

So, you see that the four years of undergraduate study provide a vitally important foundation for the next forty years of your career and life! What you do during that time period matters. What you do and learn in your classes matters. What you do and learn from your clubs and volunteering matters. What you do and learn by practicing personal management skills matters (e.g., time management, wellness, “can do” attitude).

Future blog posts will provide key tips for each of these areas. Every student can make big leaps and bounds in improving college performance. It is far less complicated than many think. If you follow the handy guidance and tips in these blogs, work through the exercises in Make College Work for You, and appreciate that who you are and what you do matters in the world, you will be well on your way to a great life, a great career, and a great life of value in the world.

 


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