After a year of college, riddled with Keynesian economics, moral relativism, and revisionist history, the question "Why am I here?" is a logical one for any conservative.
Sure, there are the clear advantages to a college degree, from the job opportunities to the social environment (as well as getting to write for the College Feed!). But, in today's economy, a college degree is far from a guarantee for a job and even though I love the camaraderie at school, eight years of tuition is a really expensive tab for jello shots.
There is a lack of "higher" ideas in American higher education. The point of a liberal arts education is to train young adults for the responsibilities of being a free individual. This doesn't mean have a working knowledge of Milton or the ability to pick out constellations, but rather a grounding in the moral and objective truths which define the West.
Unfortunately, American academia, through loose requisites and an utter embrace (as Allan Bloom so conclusively displayed) of relativism, has turned higher education into a shopping mall, wherein students jump from class to class, worldview to worldview, truth to truth, ultimately reinforcing a surrounding narrative covertly founded in nihilism.
Many universities, though, possess the opportunities and resources where a true liberal arts education can be found. It's a difficult balance and expedition, but a possible and redeeming one if discovered. Nevertheless, this is a burdensome onus that befalls only students, punished for their adherence and commitment to higher values.
So, why college? I'm not entirely sure. At the end of the day, examining the academic culture around me, I think its most important role will be to push me to ask the right questions - even if the school doesn't choose to recognize the answers.