4 myths of education
There are four huge barriers to getting a college education—but they are not real barriers at all.
There are quite a few reasons for getting a college education and they are the obvious reasons you have already thought about. Your education is your planned effort to learn and build learning skills. A degree can help open doors to better jobs and build skills you need to create your own opportunities in business and life. A college degree is a useful signal to others that you can learn, and stay engaged in learning.
Some of us get off track in that effort, and our educational journey can sometimes follow a blind alley or two before we decide on a better path. That’s where the first myth comes in;
1. It’s too late.
Is it ever too late to learn and develop some new skill? If that were true you would still be listening to record players and trying to figure out a newfangled remote control. This “too late” myth is not true because you are constantly being thrown into the deep end of the pool and learning to develop new skills and knowledge in technology, job tasks, and a hundred more things before next Tuesday.
“Your education relies on your ability to try to learn, not your ability to be ‘perfect’ after being out of a classroom for a few years. You can earn a college degree in two years or less at a place like Ancilla College because we offer focused, high impact associates degrees,” said Ancilla president Ronald May.
2. It’s too hard.
“Getting back into a degree program may be scary if you’ve been out of school for a few years,” May said. “But most people don’t understand how much they are learning every day, in all sorts of contexts, when they say ‘I’m too old’ for school or ‘I’m not cut out’ for college anymore. The fact is, every year you can read about 60, 70 and 80-year-old college graduates. They do not have a special genius. They just decided to jump back in and get a degree.”
3. It’s too expensive.
While educational costs have skyrocketed in many states, and tuition has increased nationwide faster than inflation, there is a local option to getting a college degree that tears apart this myth.
“Ancilla College has frozen our tuition, and it’s at a level that makes us the least expensive private college in Indiana. Anyone, at any age, can apply for state and federal aid and there are several ways to finance the costs of college,” May said. “But I often ask people… what’s the cost to you if you don’t have a college degree? What opportunities, promotions and jobs do you miss out on? Can you really afford to not get an education today?”
4. It’s too far.
With its location just two miles south of US 30 near Plymouth, Ancilla College is located within an hour of every major city in Northern Indiana. “One thing we’ve noticed with the new Logistics and Inventory Systems degree we are offering at Ancilla is just how connected we are. As our faculty and staff looked at transportation, materials handling, and warehousing management—a huge part of our economy right here in our back yard—we saw that travel time was actually much shorter, and travel costs much less, than travel and housing at larger institutions further away in Indiana,” May said.
“Students already enroll in Ancilla’s 14 degree programs from South Bend, Mishawaka, Warsaw, Valparaiso, Hobart, Rochester, and points beyond,” said Eric Wignall, Ancilla’s Interim Director of Admissions. “We serve students in seven counties (outside of Marshall County) that live and work within 45 minutes drive.”
Ancilla College enrolls 500 students in 14 two-year Associate’s Degree programs ranging from business to nursing. It was founded by the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ 75 years ago, and is located on Union Road south of U.S. 30 near Plymouth.