Why are you in college? College Life

Hello everyone:

Sometimes I wonder why students go to college. They tell me that it’s to stay on their parents’ insurance or to avoid having to find a job or to keep their folks off of their back…..or something else.

While I appreciate the honesty of these students, it would be fun to hear that someone absolutely loves learning. One student that I asked about his reason for going to college told me “Well, the judge said I had a choice between prison or college, so I chose college.” I thought, “Oh, goodie, goodie gumdrops and you chose my class.”

I still don’t know what crime he was convicted of but every time there was too much noise outside our classroom, I sent him to quiet things down…..and he did, very successfully. He also got a very good grade in my course….he earned it; he didn’t intimidate me into it.

My question for you is: why are you here? What are your goals, dreams, ambitions? What can your professors do to help you achieve? Most of us are here because we love teaching students. Some of us feel actually “called” to do this work. How can I, as a professor, help you make it?


Dr. Sheri


Sheri Dean Parmelee has a Ph.D. in Communication Studies from Regent University. She writes books on practical tips for people who become unexpectedly unmarried and is working on her second novel in a series of contemporary romance/suspense novels. She teaches at three colleges, working with students from freshmen to graduate students. Her hobbies include running 8 miles a day and reading biographies and fiction.


  1. Kayla Carlyle Says: September 27, 2017 at 2:52 pm

    Dr. Sheri,
    I am in college because I enjoy learning! I chose Finance out of pure interest in the financial markets. Also, I want to be financially literate in order to execute good investments to build wealth. For me, college is also an opportunity to network and connect with other students with similar interests. It is difficult to socialize outside of a full time job in addition to all online classes. But, it is still possible to connect with other scholars.

    I enjoy your posts and look forward to reading the next!

    • Hi Kayla:
      That is an outstanding reason to be in college. I also love learning and my students teach me more about it every day. Prior to going back to college as a non-traditional student, I read between 4 to 6 books a week. My local librarians knew me well. Since you want to be financially literate, you might enjoy reading the first chapter of my book Suddenly Single, A Practical Guide to Maintaining Your Household When Your Spouse is NLA. It can be downloaded at my website, http://www.suddenlysingletips.com
      Dr. Sheri

      • Kayla Carlyle Says: October 6, 2017 at 3:37 pm

        Dr. Parmelee,

        I will definitely check out your book! How did you read 4-6 books a week? I am barely getting through my textbook chapters assigned each week in my investments class and history class. I don’t know if it is the fact that I am tired after work or if the material itself is hard to get through. I have tried waking up very early to read before work and staying out extra late to read after the day. Both ways I get very little reading done.

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