I believe that to be a true academic, you have to have some background in “independent study” while pursuing your education.
Independent study on an area that you are passionate about.
I always felt like I was being spoon-fed knowledge while in high school
I was right, because now with the advanced freedom at Villanova, I have the flexibility to study so much more–and a lot of it is independently driven.
I can select interesting classes.
And I even have signed up for an “independent study” where I literally have a self-designed course with a professor on a philosophy topic we both share an interest in.
If anything, I think college is a time to build a strong work ethic. The knowledge that comes with the diploma is nice; but not mandatory for future success. Life is full of learning opportunities. What you need to do is learn how to learn.