Scholastic sticker shock!

Just to prove I have graduated State the Obvious, COLLEGE IS EXPENSIVE! I have reached a season in life that allows for me to return to school using a distance learning program. Today reality hit me about how much this program will cost in dollars. Education is definitely going to cut into my vacation funds. Now is not a good time for me to plan a mid-life crisis. Last time I was enrolled in college it was a local community college at $35 a credit hour. To sound older than dirt… that was a lot of money for me to come up with. Honestly I don’t know how young people are able to pay for the education that’s required to have a foothold in the working world. My hat’s off to those who are able to escape a Ramen noodle diet after paying for school.


If you are thinking about college consider these wise words; “the most expensive degree is a pedigree.” I don’t know who coined that term but it is true. Get the best education you can truly afford. If you are living a life honoring to God it won’t matter if that education is an Ivy League college or a series of classes at church.

Is a higher education really necessary? That question has been debated since the invention of school. In short college is not a necessity but it is a vehicle to advancement. My opinion and experience is that continuing to advance in learning is vital to personal growth. In some cases it can be a matter of survival. There is value in reading articles and books on a regular basis that pertains to whatever hobbies, career choices, or personal interests you may have. Seminars and classes are a couple of ways to expand knowledge along with having some social interaction with like-minded people.

It is easier to learn new insights and skills when you have a purpose and goal. One reason to seek additional Bible knowledge is found in 2 Timothy 2:15 Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth. Seeking truth through scripture is a great way for anyone to improve their life. The best part is you can study the entire Bible without having to pay any tuition.


Rev. Burt Schwab



About burtschwab

I currently live in Iowa, USA. My goals are to simply live life as a journey and embrace each day. I am married to a wife with similar passions and that makes me a blessed man.
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