College is a waste of time and money

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Sorayah Vuningoma Professor Scott English 101 Rough Draft College is a waste of time and money In Caroline Bird, “College is a waste of time and money,” Bird discusses why college is not necessary for everyone. She states that many college students are in college not because they want to but because they have to. Bird came to realize that college students don’t feel needed. They are led to believe that getting a college degree is important because it’s a way of getting higher chance of financial success which from Bird’s point of view is not always true. She gives examples of college students who have graduated and came to realize that college was a waste of time and money. Bird says that if students think that college is not…show more content…
Bird stated that the college money can be invested in something that has a higher income than a college diploma and she gave an example of a Princeton high school graduate who liked fooling around with cars could have saved his $34,181 and worked at a garage and learn auto mechanic. When he is 28, he would have earned $73,113 which is enough to get his own car dealership and that is expected to be more than a college graduate. Christopher Jencks, the author of Inequality, realized that men from high-status families have a higher income than men from low-status families even when they have the same occupation, same education. He also said that being financially success is all about being lucky. Bird also mentions that college attracts people have high IQs who are meant to be financially successful, who have a good family background. This brings to her point of colleges not bringing equality by putting them all in a four year degree. She says it’s a way to narrow the gap between high and low society and it is selective. Young people now go to college hoping they can be trained for jobs that they will contribute, where they will be able to express themselves and use their “special abilities”. As Bird said, colleges fail to prepare the students for the job market. Bird also pointed out that she talked to teachers, engineers and others and they told her that they hardly
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