Some people claim that students go to university only for finding a good job. What’s your opinion?
If people are asked why students go to university, I believe that many of the answers would be: to find a good job! It is true that job commitment is an important function of higher education. However, I think it has other functions.
For one thing, students learn to be independent in university. For many, if not all, of my schoolmates, entering university is the first time to leave home and live on their own. It is hard for them at first, but to my mind this is certainly an essential part of one’s life, or else they may continue to receive parental care without getting mature as early as they should.
For another thing, students know better how to get along with people during the four years’ university life. As we know, nowadays, many Chinese children are the only child at home and thus unlike people of the previous generations who have brothers and sisters, they know little about how to be tolerant and considerate to people around them. There is no doubt that universities provide us with an opportunity to learn to do s for example, we have to think of others instead of only ourselves when we share a dormitory room with others.
Lastly, besides imparting knowledge, university teachers also tell their students how to be a decent person in the rest of their life. For instance, students may learn how to be generous, think critically, be responsible for themselves, their family and work, etc. It is not a rare case for a student to change for the better under the influence of his university teacher.
To conclude, university education does not only prepare the students for a future job, but also teaches them important things that are to be useful all their life.