Informant: “I went to college to get a diploma, it would have been just as easy to get an education.”
The informant learned this saying from his grandfather upon graduating from high school in Ohio. He found it highly impactful, not only in the context of college, but as a general life lesson as well, and took care to heed this advice going forwards.
This expression and the conversation leading up to it were recorded during a scheduled meeting that took place at my home in San Diego, CA.
Although on the surface this saying may seem very specific, I think the lessons it implies can be applied to all walks of life. It stresses the importance of finding value in all aspects of an experience, as opposed to seeing something simply as a means to an end. It is certainly an expression I will remember and perhaps help spread in the future.