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Are College Choices Too Career-Driven?

In his Admissions 101 discussion group, Jay asks readers:

A former college counselor expressed concern to me about a recent query on the National Association for College Admissions Counseling listserv. A counselor was asking if anyone knew of a college that would prepare one of her career-focused students to be a restaurant wine steward.
"I almost laughed," said the former counselor. "At the age of 16 to 18, to choose such a narrow field instead of opening oneself up to other choices is not funny." My view is whatever hook gets them into college is fine with me. Once they are there, new friendships, core courses and the natural course of maturation will take them to places that make more sense for them, and in the meantime expose them to the liberal arts that this counselor feels are dying off, but don't seem in such bad shape to me.
What do you think?

Read responses -- and submit your own -- in this Admissions 101 discussion.

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