Essay on Is College Worth The Effort?

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Is College Worth The Effort?

"College has been a total waste of your time and money!"

Imagine telling that to a student who just finished four years of hard, grueling, expensive work; or, even worse, a parent who paid for their child to finish that same grueling work. But, in some ways, that statement can’t be any further from the truth. College can prepare a student for life in so many more ways than for a career. However, in the way that college is supposed to prepare soon-to-be-productive students, that statement could be right on. As a student myself, I’ve found college to be a little bit of both. I often find myself asking, "How will this help me later in life?" But, then again, college gives me more control over my life
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In her essay, College is a Waste of Time and Money, Caroline Bird examines how college has been viewed for so long as the best place to send high school grads no matter whether they actually want to go or not. She says in her article, "...we fool ourselves into believing that we are sending [students to college] for their own best interests, and that it’s good for them, like spinach. Some, of course, learn to like it, but most wind up preferring green peas." I see her point that college sometimes seems like the only option that’s not the Army for high school grads. If I had decided to not go to college for a semester or two right after high school so I could save up some money, I know I would not have gotten my parents’ blessing on the decision. Mr. Coles, once again, describes my feelings on this topic: "Realistically, [college] may not be for everybody. There are other opportunities." I also agree with Mr. Coles on another point, that college prepares people for more than just work.

"I think it’s more than what it’s done traditionally," Mr. Coles answered when I asked what he thought a college’s role was in preparing students for life after college, "and that is, traditionally, the role is to prepare people for the workforce." Mr. Coles describes college as a place that teaches you "life lessons" about responsibility. "There’s a certain expectation in terms of responsibility in college that carry over, that carry beyond.

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