Make College Count by Derek Melleby

Going to college has become rite of passage in the United States; it is now the understood next step in education. The question is now “Which college are you going to?” and not “Do you want to go to college?”

It is very exciting to be in a society that highly values higher education, but are we valuing higher education for the right reasons? Is it about the development and learning? Or is it simply about getting a degree that will “guarantee” you a higher-paying, more stable career?

These are the questions Derek Melleby asks in his brief book. Each quick chapter proposes a life-defining question:

What kind of person do you want to become? Why are you going to college? What do you believe? Who are you? With whom will you surround yourself? How will you choose a major? How do you want your life to influence others?

Getting a college degree will bring you value in the job market? But more importantly, getting a college degree will give you an education and develop you into the human being God wants you to be.

A quote from Tom Brokaw, which is cited in the book, sums it all up perfectly. “You are educated. Your certification is in your degree. You may think of it as a ticket to the good life. Let me ask you to think of an alternative. Think of is as your ticket to change the world.”

This is an easy and simple read that I think any college student or soon to be college student would appreciate. My only wish is that the book was a tad bit longer and more in depth, but that’s probably because I’m a higher education professional and not a student.