Argument Essay: Life After College

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“Well, I did it; so can you.” One of the most cliche phrases for adults, and one of the most inaccurate. It’s been at least 30 years since you were my age. Back when you were my age, the internet didn’t exist. College was a given as long as you had maintained grades which weren’t completely awful. A part-time job could get you through college with minimum debt. These are all concerns that this generation has that you didn’t. And these are serious concerns; some a matter of falling into poverty. We have different struggles, but we don’t have a different nature. Teenagers will remain the same irrational beings and as a rational adult, it is your job to aid us through it. Although times have changed, the teenage brain still works the same; as…show more content…
I have to already begin dealing with the pressures of college and I’m only a freshman. “For many teens, these realities mean choosing a college is more about pragmatism than pursuing a dream. There’s also an anxiety about the world that will be waiting after college” (Vickerson). Can you imagine how we feel when we notice how low college acceptance rates are and the amount of classes/extracurriculars needed to be accepted into a respectable university? The measures we take now will inevitably cause ramifications us for the remainder of our lives. And since we have a much higher standard of being “acceptable” it’s difficult to cope. As mentioned prior, we are also inflicted with the technological burden. Both of these are a substantial weight over our heads. But under all this stress, something is still evident; human nature is still the same. Yes, things were much different when you were a teenager. But you weren’t. An example of how times have changed, but human nature hasn’t is in the classic novel Tom Sawyer. Although he lived in classic Americana, his curious nature and playfulness are two traits that are a staple of youth. “Tom said to himself that it was not such a hollow world, after all. He had discovered a great law of human action, without knowing it- namely, in order to make a man or boy covet a thing, it is only necessary to make the thing difficult to attain” (Twain 24). Tom is cunning and smart, and bears numerous similarities to most teenagers in this sense. He can get his way no matter what by using charm or logic. Even though we live in an increasingly difficult world, teenagers will adapt and cope, no matter how difficult it is. Just give us the opportunity to; we’re capable
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