All the talk of degree worthlessness and the moral degradation of college has left me rather depressed. I cling to the seemingly old-fashioned belief that college is a place of intellectual growth, and what I hear makes me believe that my expectations reflect the exception, rather than the rule. As someone about to enter the college application process, I have a lot to think about.
First and foremost, I want a degree in something useful, satisfying, and fairly well-paying (though not necessarily immediately well-paying). Probably a science; chemistry, perhaps? Are non-environmental science fields generally biased? It's also incredibly important that I'm surrounded by people who actually care about knowledge more than partying. Hillsdale College is great, but aren't there other options? I live in Ohio, plan to stay in the region, and have no desire to forgo college.
Are my expectations too unreasonable? I would appreciate any practical advice you have.