Reading between the Lines More people than ever before are attending college due to the endless opportunities that it provides. Louis Menand, a college professor and the author of “Live and Learn: Why We Have College,” explains the meaning of college through three theories that have been developed. Theory 1
Not all have to go to college to be successful, and not all hardworking jobs require a college degree. College is not necessarily a measure of intelligence. Especially in todays economy, a lot of people can not afford to pursue higher education. That does not mean they would not make really fantastic doctors or lawyers if they could afford to go to college. Not everyone has the means to receive degrees and titles, some do not even have the desire to. “We reinforce this notion by defining intelligence solely on grades in school and numbers on IQ tests” Rose explained. (Rose, 279) I believe that higher education is definitely a worthwhile endeavor. I also believe while it may be the best route for some, it is not for everyone. For example, my mother and father both did not attend college. They both make good incomes, and love their everyday jobs. My mother always wanted to be a hair stylist, so obviously college was not the best option for her. My father was always good at persuading people to do things, so he got into the sales business. My mother and father are a prime example of being successful in their field, without pursuing higher education. Attending college is not the only way that a person can live a happy and full
One must consider their choice of major, cost of school, where they are attending school, and a variety of other factors. Depending on the situation college may not be a smart investment (Owen and Sawhill 209). I agree with this notion that some people are not meant for college, but we as a society still push the idea of college which creates conflicting thoughts in the mind of a student. When discussing the benefits of attending college the biggest supporting reason revolves around further expanding one’s knowledge in order to earn a higher income. They use ethos in their appeals but they fail to provide evidence of this. They may show numbers that are skewed showing the difference in salary of a high school graduate and a college graduate but they don’t show the majors that earning that high income. They don’t show the number of college graduates without a job and how much debt they are in. Owen and Sawhill do a tremendous job in their report of giving us those numbers and statistics to back up their
When one thinks of going to college, what usually comes to mind is the amount of time and money achieving a higher education requires. Many people often question whether or not seeking an education after high school is worth all the effort. Although going to college may sometimes seem difficult and unnecessary, it has been proven to be an important, beneficial chapter of young adults’ lives. The value of a college education is extremely profitable to one’s life and career due to the job opportunities it offers, the skills it allows you to learn, and the benefits it can result in later on in life.
Attending college or pursuing a higher education is worth it because a degree ensures a stable, well paying job and provides a better quality of life. In Document A, “Earning and Unemployment Rates Based on Educational Attainment, 2015” compiled by the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, a higher educational degree, such as a Doctorate or Professional degree, corresponded to a lower unemployment rate with a higher pay, while little to no educational degree corresponded to a higher unemployment rate with a lower pay. This means people who received a college degree had a better chance of finding and retaining a well-paying job because they are typically skilled in one profession that cannot easily be replaced, such as a doctor or engineer.
Many people are confused on why to invest time and money of attending college. A reason for obtaining a higher education is that a college degree can possibly earn a much higher salary than the majority of the people who have a high school diploma. College can be expensive and
money to pay for their education. Colleges are very expensive and need to start looking at it on the student perspective. Students who are graduating from high-school barely come out with less than $3,000 or less.WIENER, J. (2015) Not Every individual is able to pay for college and this just
Students receive free public education from pre-k to 12th grade, so why should students have to pay for college? College can be a huge expense, and many loans have to be taken out to pay for their education. Is this right? If high school is free then why isn’t college? According to student support organization College Board, published tuition fees for 2014/15, state colleges are an average of US$9,139 for state residents, and $22,958 for everyone else. This compares to an average of $31,231 at private non-profit colleges. Why is it so expensive, unlike in some places where it’s free.
In America college tuition has quadrupled in the last 35 years. College administrators like to tell the story that baby boomers paid their college tuition from the money they made during summer break. A few years later colleges decided to raise tuition price because people wanted to get a college degree. Colleges were seeing that people wanted to go to college they decided to raise the prices and make business out of it. In Germany, however college tuition is free, and by doing this Germany gets both domestically and internationally to enroll in Germany colleges. I think that for Germany for doing this is a great idea because it give people opportunity to get an higher education to make some money out of it.
Is a College Education Worth the Cost for all Students? Is college really worth it? This is the question many students are starting to ask themselves as the college cost increases and the benefits of a degree are falling. Right now, in our society, a college education is no longer an option or privilege, but rather a necessity. We are practically raised and conditioned to believe that one needs a higher education in order to succeed. Although some may argue that a college education can provide better career opportunities and lead students to higher-paying jobs, this is not true for everyone. Research today suggests that a college degree does not always guarantee employment and that many college graduates end up burdened by the vast amount
Tyra Wilson Professor Jill Erwin English 102 2 December 2015 Being Able to Afford College Throughout all of high school, and especially during their senior year, the only thing students seem to hear about is college. They have to attend tours, fill out application after application and decide what school will be best for them as a person and their career path. But what most people seem to stress over more than anything else is being able to actually pay for college. College tuition is high in price and increases every year, making it almost impossible for students to graduate without extreme debt. There are scholarships, financial aid, and loans to help out those who cannot afford to pay high tuition prices, but these loans are not desirable as they lead to this debt immediately after graduating. There is the help of financial aid, which is based off the parent’s income unless you are 23 and over, but financial aid can be difficult to obtain as there many requirements a student must fall under. Scholarships are another viable way to get financial help but it can be extremely difficult to find ones that you qualify for, especially without the help of an advisor or school counselor. Therefore, financial aid and must become more accessible to students so that future generations are not graduating with overwhelming student debt made worse by their interest rates. If we could minimize the fear of student debt then more of our youth would be pursing their degrees of interest.
To begin the argument it should be known that society benefits from college educated individuals. One aspect of college that is repeatedly overlooked is how it can shape one’s mind and allows them to think in entirely new ways not only critically but creatively as well. In fact, according to a report issued by the College Board in 2007 states that “those with a bachelor’s degree, are more likely to volunteer, vote, exercise, and have health insurance and pensions.” (Lewin 18) These are all qualities that make a human being
On the opposition side, though it may be difficult to grasp an understanding as to why college expenses may be so steep. All of the renovations being done to the college, here is where it happens. Being a resident and a college or university you expect to live comfortable. They are beyond aware of this, and even takes the time out to fix these issues. All of the parties and special events tend to cost a little extra as well. Many people tend to complain about college living lower, but totally losses past the fact that this is usually what you are paying
After high school, a choice that many students have to make is whether to go to college or not. There are many factors that go into one’s decision. There are pros and cons to going to college and also there are pros and cons for not going to college. But the decision that will give someone the better opportunity to have a more successful life is to go to college. The money that one will earn after getting a college degree will be more than the money a person will make without getting a college degree. As our society has continued to evolve, education has become the optimal route to professional success: pursuing a degree is the best way to receive training, to gain expertise in a given field, and even to guide you and help you make choices
The intellectual benefits of attending a college are most often outweighed by the uncertainty of landing a stable career. There are some, like David Leonhardt, who would argue that colleges even increase the probability that a person become employed. Those who attend college develop more skills for more rewarding careers, therefore making the investment in college worth the cost. Despite there being intellectual growth in college graduates, it proves that finding a well-paying career even after having a college degree is just as difficult, or even more difficult, as finding one without a college degree. Shierholz supports my position when she explains the fluctuation in wages for college degree earners, which dropped almost a dollar between