College education College has been a form of higher education that students can attend after high school. In today’s society, it is frowned upon not to go to college after high school and for the most part, it becomes very difficult to have people consider hiring someone who didn’t attend a college. Many higher paying jobs are requiring a degree from a college and look at your GPA (grade point average) to see how capable the person is. Society makes a degree almost essential to our American society, but is it setting many people up for failure? College is very expensive. In some schools, the tuitions and fees go up to 60,000 a year (O’Shaughnessy). Many schools, often ones ridiculously expensive, offer many scholarships based on students personal background or academics before their application. Even with these scholarships, many students cannot dream of going to college because their families cannot afford such a cost. Colleges and banks also offer loans but these loans are dangerous and can ruin lives. Students take these loans thinking of it as an investment, and with a degree a high paying job will follow. Too often people come out of college with a degree unable to find a job. Some are unemployed, have to rely on their parents, or take more loans to go back and get another degree. This destructive cycle sometimes accumulates up to a student average of 27,000 (Cohn). Going to college doesn’t guarantee a successful life anymore. Having a Bachelor in Business can conclude with a job at the drive thru. Annie Paul and Seth Cline both agree that for many students, party life and social events have become their priority rather than education. Paul states “that we should all be concerned about the state of higher education in the U.S. today and that college students enjoying a four-year paid vacation courtesy of their parents are merely a symptom of a larger problem.” Too many movies and media portray college as the moment in life to let loose. Greek life seems to be more important than intellectual growth. The counter argument shows that focusing on the social side of college isn’t so bad. A good social life is now becoming the key to success. Making friends and connections can guarantee a job in the future. Grades don’t mean much if the student is not a likable person. The more likable of a person they are, the more likely people will buy your product and etc. Being in a fraternity or sorority allows you to make connections of a lifetime. Successful alumni from the house can hook members up with great jobs or at least an opportunity for a job. Many people who are successful aren’t the people with a 4.0 GPA, but the one with a 3.0 but has great social skills, many that were developed during college life. Although social skills and connections might help students get a good paying job, it is making the state of America even worse. Does it seem logical to put an average Joe in charge of a Battalion in Afghanistan because he partied with the General? Or does it seem right to let a person with a 2.5 in charge of the Company because he was “best buds” with the CEO? Richard Arum and Josipa Roska state that studies show college students are “not developing the critical thinking, analytic reasoning and other higher-level skills that are necessary to thrive in today’s knowledge-based economy and to lead our nation in a time of complex challenges and dynamic change.” The United States of America needs to fix the higher-level education system soon or the country will go to ruin. They need students who are the most intelligent and the most capable experts in the area to help the nation thrive and pull it out of this economic depression. But many colleges don’t care about the teaching they provide but more about making money. A leader of Walden College reacted to the book Academically Adrift by stating, “That's why they come! As long as we give them good grades and a degree, their parents are happy too! Who cares if they can't
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Why College Education is Important to Me
Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world (Mandela, Nelson). My education is also important to me because it will allow me to be able to provide for my family better in the future and to help my children see that continuing your education equals success. My goal is to become an Early Childhood Educator, and without a college degree, that would not be possible. Self empowerment…
Is college really worth it?
College education has been a very controversial issue lately. Since the mid-20th century, college has been a goal that was chased by not so many.However more people were interested into gaining the benefits of college such as a bigger salary and ended up becoming the next big thing! But now, people have opened their eyes and questioned themselves; Is college really worth it?
College education is great for those who know how to benefit…
that exists today is whether or not a college education is worth it. This problem still exists today because of hard economic times and the simple issue that low income workers are struggling every day because they maintain a minimum wage job, and didn’t go to college. Although college graduates claim that college is beneficial, non-college graduates believe that it’s a waste of time. This point is a valid because some people who have graduated from college have found it almost impossible to find…
Issue: Is college necessary vital for your future success?
Background info: Almost all people determine to succeed and endeavor to reach their goal. For example, some people, after finishing high school, look for a job because they might think that this is the shortest way for them to save up. Others believe that college education prepares them a solid knowledge base of any careers; hence, they will choose to pursue higher education before starting their jobs. Although…
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College Today in America
A college degree is a badge of honor and accomplishment that we gain in order to have a chance
at a better future.
Most people go to college for a purpose, with one of the most valuable reasons to have a better
future for their family and for themselves. I personally believe that in order to better my life and achieve
my dreams, I would need to get a college degree. In America and other modern countries, not having a
college education will make a…
College is a Waste of Time and Money
The essay “College is a Waste of Time and Money” by Bird is an excerpt from the book The Case against College which was published in 1975. The author tells people that college is not an obligation in our life. Bird agues that college is a waste of time because the majority of college students go to college for social and economic reasons. Very few actually go to learn and have the desire to be there. And he think students were not happy at all. They felt…
College – Is it worth it?
The cost of college is becoming an issue all across America. One of the major pieces to becoming successful business men/women is receiving a college education. Right now in our society a college education is no longer an option or privilege, but rather a necessity. We are practically raised to believe that one needs higher education in order to succeed in life. With increasing tuition prices and job loss, the college dream is slowly and surely…
Higher Education: My Journey to the American Dream
Whether the price of pursuing higher education is worth it or not has become one of the biggest debates for graduating Americans. There are two sides of the debate: One side favors the argument that a college degree will benefit an individual’s financial well-being. On the other end of the debate, the second side is the concern on the debt increase for college graduates. The Bureau of Labor and Statistics, for example, states that the unemployment…
College Education and Success
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The importance of college education gets wide acceptance from all over the world. Once President Barrack Obama itself in his in speech in Macomb Community College in Warren made clear that, "by 2020, America will once again have the highest proportion of college graduates in the world." This trend again emphasizes the role of education, especially college education in the success of an individual…