College Education Essay

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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