What do really expect to get from a college education? In dealing with many high school seniors going through the college admissions process, I have found that many of them have unrealistic expectations. By that, I mean that they have this idealized vision of how wonderful life is going to be once they get that "sheepskin" (is that still a PC term?).
You may have seen that Seinfeld episode entitled (the same as Robert Heinlein's famous sci-fi novel) When Worlds Collide. The episode highlights George Costanza's two worlds, social and romantic, colliding in a major conflict of lifestyle. Similarly, high school seniors' "world" vision of post-college happiness can collide with the coldness of the so-called Real World.