The idea of going to college has lost its luster in recent years, and there are multiple factors that have made one of the “safe bets” of the 20th century seem increasingly risky. In my opinion the most blame must go to the universities. Colleges these days push a liberal arts curriculum on students and foster a “do what you want” culture, leading students to actually believe they can make it like mom and dad did, but do it their own way. The schools in turn leave their thousands of “modern procrastination” majors with little more than massive debt, a piece of paper, and a belief that they are ready for the “real world.” I understand a major is the student’s choice and that they should decide on a lucrative one, but I believe colleges need to change their approach. Schools need to give students a way to learn successful skills while still allowing ample time to feed their curiosity with diverse interest courses. My proposal would most likely extend the expected timeframe of college studies, but I feel it can be achieved without adding time to a degree by eliminating some liberal arts requirements. I don’t want to sound like I am attacking liberal arts, since I did graduate with an English major, but I would have discovered my love of literature through interest courses and found my way to this major without liberal arts requirements. Colleges need to go through a rebranding of sorts, without taking away from the pride of the university. I think universities should work on teaching student what they need to know, while staying away from the trends of online colleges. It is no small task to make colleges “work” for the students again, but it is worth it to try and rebuild America’s faith in higher education. I want to stick with this topic for another post or two since I have so much to say about it, so this will be my first multiple post topic.