Knowledge is power. Money is power. I graduated college lacking both of the two things that "is power."
(NOTE TO MOM AND DAD: You can stop reading now.)
Don't get me wrong, I learned a lot in college: how to shotgun a beer, how to survive on a mac-'n'-cheese diet, how to have sex, how not to have sex, how to do my own laundry, how to say the "The" in The Ohio State University (it's pronounced "thee" and it's emphasized as if it's followed by twelve exclamation points).
What didn't I learn? Any of the material I was there to study.
I calculated the estimated total cost of my college courses using data* gathered from The(e!!!!!!!!!!!!) Ohio State University's website. These prices are paired with the remnants of information that have withstood the test of time. Was higher education worth it? Well, like most of the questions my college professors posited, I don't know the answer.
*These calculations are based on data from the academic years from Fall 2008 to Spring 2012 at Ohio State. Taking the typical annual fees (tuition plus room and board) and then dividing by 45, the average number of credit hours in a year, I found the average cost of one credit hour (while living on campus) for each of the four years I attended OSU. The total price of each course is the average cost of a credit hour for the year in which I was enrolled in the course multiplied by the amount of total credit hours in the course. I spent more time on these calculations than anything I turned in for Calculus I.