November 29, 2011
want to do. Therefore the problem arises when an individual wants to go to school but does not have the means to do so. Not going to college straight out of high school gives you the advantage of not being in debt at 18 years old. Instead, you can begin working, gain experience, and start saving money for the future. Sometimes, experience in the field is valued more than a college a degree. In 2009, on average, school was costing $46,700 at a four year public school and $99,900 at a private one (Kristof 2009). However, in the past few years these numbers have inflated. Wouldn’t it be better to take that $50,ooo-$100,000 and invest them? Wouldn’t you rather travel the world, experience new adventures, become an environmentally educated member of society, and spend that time networking? The cost of attending college is rising at an alarming rate. On November 16, 2011 the California State University (CSU) trustees ruled to increase tuition by 9% (Asimov 2011). This is the second time this year that they have ruled to increase tuition. With these recent increases, you can bet that more are in the near future. How are students supposed to afford to attend college? I don’t see how, unless ironically you have a full time job.
College is not the only fundamental to success. Many individuals have reached success that dropped out of college or not even attended. One of the most famous examples would be Bill Gates, billionaire and former CEO of Microsoft, who matriculated at Harvard but never graduated. Do you think that finishing his degree would have increased his income? Yup, I didn’t think so either.
One of the many questions that we ask ourselves when we graduate high school is whether college is the next chapter in our lives. If we’ve been proactive, we have already chosen the university of our choice and eagerly await our first semester as college freshman. On the other hand, there are those of us who believe that college would just be a waste of time and would much rather begin our careers right away. However, we’ve spent our entire lives lectured by our parents, teachers, friends, family, on the importance of schooling for career development. What is the right decision? Do we really need a piece of paper that took four years and thousands of dollars to acquire in order to get a successful job? Or should we be listening to our elders who after all are much wiser than us and get the bachelors degree so that we can compete with the thousands of other people who are applying for the same jobs we are? In some cases, graduation from high school is the point where most people are cut off financially from their parents. College is expensive and getting loans is not something most people want to do. Therefore the problem arises when an individual wants to go to school but does not have the means to do so. Not going to college straight out of high school gives you the advantage of not being in debt at 18 years old. Instead, you can go begin working, gain experience, and start saving money for the future. Sometimes, experience in the field is valued more than a college a degree (). However, some of the disadvantages to not going to college are lack of education, opportunity, and promotion. There is no substitute to education and without your options are limited. Although experience is one of the most important aspects, knowledge on the subject is needed to climb the corporate ladder. Technology changes on a daily basis and being educated of those changes gives you the upper hand compared to someone without that education.
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