Perceived Value of College

College is often valued as a means of getting a degree, rather than as a means of getting educated. Thus one occasionally sees comments to the effect that if one leaves college before graduating, the time spent there was wasted. Thus the lawyer for Adam Semprevivo, expelled from Georgetown University for cheating to get admitted, complained that expulsion was too extreme a punishment since it meant Semprevivo's years at the school were wasted:

“He’s lost three years of his life....”
- Kate Taylor and Jennifer Medina, His Father Paid $400,000 to Get Him Into Georgetown. Now He’s Suing the School., NYT, May 15, 2019

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