Costs. Or rather, hidden costs. There is no cheap alternative to accredited training that I have found. (Please, please correct me on this). $10,000 for 3 months of long-haul training; $5000 for bookkeeping; $9000 for office techniques. Multiply that by 2 or 3 or 4 for the subtotal of any program greater than a certificate. Add living expenses (no pardon me, students only student), supplies, and textbooks to the equation and it doesn’t take a math minor to realize it’s a ridiculously over priced, risky investment.
Today’s main gripe: One course at my local Canadian university cost 451.55 plus tuition fees at 153.49, roughly totaling 605 dollars. This is a business communications class and if you were to invest in science or math you’re looking closer to the 700-800 dollar mark excluding tuition. Since this is an online course (with in class options available) I decided to save money and not buy a hard copy version of the $120 textbook. Instead, I followed the link provided by my instructor (I don’t think they’re really professors, we’re instructed to watch youtube videos and read the textbook) and purchased an online rental from the publishing site for $65. I was wrong to overlook the source and in doing so I was hit with a currency exchange. That 6 month rental has now cost me $105. For another 20 dollars I would have an actual book in my hands.
That’s pretty much it; the cost of education is unreal even in a dinky, little farm town, wannabe city such as this. When it’s required to have a sanitation ticket to mop floors or when hosting is a certified trade is when education loses its value. I used to envy other countries that not only practiced but also promoted free education. I just want to discover why a sphere is a sphere but not at the same price as my mortgage. Now I see that even though Canadian education isn’t free by any means it is also overly abundant. The thrill of competing in an academic world is fleeting when everyone is an academic. Not that education should be a competition; that is not what I mean. Education (in my uneducated opinion) should be accessible and available to the people who want it. Not for the kid whose parents are paying for a second undergraduate program because you didn’t like the first university you picked. It should not be forced on people either. I love learning but not sitting under fluorescent lights listening to a racist Chinese professor hammer on about the Chinese.
I guess I am having a hard time finding the balance between academia and experience. How are they not one in the same when you are dealing with financial blunders such as these?
Stay Wild and stay on budget.