In this following interview, I asked two students the following questions: The first one was about how they perceive university life and then if they really think that they may achieve a successful career thanks to it. For discretion purposes, I want to call the first student (A) and the second one (B).
Me: “How does it feel like being a university student? Is it a fun process, or does it take a lot of energy and time from u?”
(A): “Hmmm…. As a matter of fact, when I first came in to college, I was extremely excited since, to me, it represents a new ambiance, fun, new friends, hanging out… In other words.. Hmm… Freedom, or that’s what I thought at first. However, what I actually found was only hard work. Honestly, I am not really that kind of person who works hard and takes his responsibilities seriously. I have to say that I only look for fun and thank god I am not the only one in this matter. Actually, I am not a fan of regular attendance to classes… Well, I do attend but only when exams are two weeks ahead…. I have to admit that college life do suit me in terms of going crazy and partying. However, it is not exactly a fun process when it comes to learning and getting higher grades…”
Me: “So, building on what you have just said, I think that you don’t count on the university diploma to have a career in the future. Probably you have other plans, right?
(A): “Yes, Yes!! I do have other plans for the future….. Honestly, it doesn’t really bother me at all if I don’t get a diploma… Well surely it will bother my dad … (A sighs and laughs at the same time) However, my father has his own business in the field of marketing and I am already visiting him at work .. And of course, .. I mean… I get myself indulged with this whole field… Frankly saying, it is a fun field and I already have a lot of creative ideas concerning it… Thus, I guess I am going to achieve something in the future… I mean come on, the majority of world leaders didn’t even finish school, same as: Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, etc … (Laughs).
Now, moving to student (B), I have actually asked him the same questions but his replies were the exact opposite of the student (A). Thus, Here are the answers:
(B): “Firstly, I need to mention that I really like it in here. I love everything that I am doing, I love attending classes, even though I am pretty sure that there are those who would disagree with me. Still, since a very young age, I used to read a lot and probably that’s one of the reasons which made me who I am right now: The more I read and seek knowledge, the more power I grasp.. Well, let’s say intellectually speaking. Moreover, I do consider it as a fun process!! I enjoy it… I love going to the library and spend long hours there while searching into other books… What is more interesting is that sort of exchange of knowledge, along with my ‘Booky-Friends’…. (Laughs)… It’s quite appealing!!”
(B): “Of course! I do believe that education is highly needed when it comes to future and careers in general! Definitely!! Concerning me, I hope that I may be a university professor so that I can help students reach more knowledge… And why not preparing a whole generation of philosophers and great thinkers in the future!!”