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What can be done to get the most out of one's schooling? What would you change about your education experience?

From other people's opinions and my experiences in the American Midwest, it seems most schools focus on their students' test performance and few classes prioritize true, authentic learning. I was disappointed when the classes I took during my first year of college -- or perhaps the aspirations of all but a fraction of my classmates -- were a continuation of this mindset.

I think I'm missing something and would love to hear your thoughts. What can students do to get the most out of their education? What do you wish you had done differently, if anything? Is this something I have to discover on my own? Thanks in advance for your insight.


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    Aug 31 2011: I can understand what you have passed through and the fact that the kind of education one wants , he is not being able to get that perhaps..but this doesnt make here a point just to criticize the system..rather you work harder and harder and get to a position from where you can change the system. It is rightly said that "What you don't like,strive for it,reach the top and change it"..

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