College Is A Waste Of Time And Money By Caroline Bird

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The Path Most Traveled How many can remember middle school through high school years being full of the constant reminder to think about one’s future after graduation? For the most part, this would involve attending a good college to further one’s education. Caroline Bird wrote her essay “College is a Waste of Time and Money” because she has seen throughout her many lectures at various college campuses that there is a great number of college students that given another acceptable option would not be there. She emphasizes that they are only there because it is either the social norm, required by some parents, or the believed thought that it is the only way to become successful. Bird effectively informs and to some extent persuades the reader by using logos, with the help of ethos and pathos, that college is not intended for everyone but there are many who attend anyways because of these reasons. Though there are many reasons why students end up in college, Bird demonstrates by using logos that a contributing factor of this is high school graduates feeling obligated to go simply because it is what society deems as the accepted next step in life. Bird states, “A great majority of our nine million college students are not in school because they want to be or because they want to learn. They are there because it has become the thing to do…” (par. 1). To back up her claim, she quotes a sociologist who says, “Nowadays, you don’t have to have a reason for going to college; it’s an
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