Message of Freshmen students

Perhaps a bit over the top, but there is something bracing about such a strong statement about what higher education is about. I’m not sure if the reality he describes (especially the traditional, old-fashioned part of higher education) is really sustainable, but I might wish it so. The final paragraph is something I think that is important, however:

If you want to know the biggest difference between you and your professor, it is probably this: You see university as a place where you get a credential. For your professor, a university is not primarily about credentialing. Your professor still harbors the traditional view that universities are about education. If your aim is to get a credential, then for you courses will be obstacles in your path. For your professor, a course is an opportunity for you to make your world richer and yourself stronger.

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