Essay on Is College the Only Option for Success?

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From a young age, most kids have been brainwashed to believe that college is the only path to success in life. Is it? Is college the right choice for everyone? Or are there better alternatives? These are questions that have been asked many different times but it seems like there has been a lack of a clear-cut answer. There are many different things to consider when looking at colleges as the only path to success.

The brainwashing of kids seems to start as soon as kids step foot in a school. They are told over and over for the next 18 years that “you have to go to college then get a job”. What if kids were told that they shouldn’t go to college but instead start an online business or go to trade school? If kids were told that they had options other than college, maybe the college dropout rate wouldn’t be where it is currently at. In the American Dream 2.0 report which was funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and endorsed by state lawmakers, college presidents, civil rights leaders, and business leaders, they give statistics about the dismal state that the U.S. college system is in. Of all of those who enter a U.S. college, “46% fail to graduate within six years”. Of the Hispanic students who attend a U.S. College, “only 42% graduate within 6 years” and the figure for African American students is even lower as “only 37% of African Americans graduate within 6 years”. How can the “only” path success have almost half of everyone who goes there fail out or…