Teens are constantly told by their parents that college is “ABSOLUTELY” necessary to be successful in this world. Fun fact: It’s not. College isn’t necessary because it isn’t required to be successful, and as many students have the mindset that college is the road to success, education has changed over time and it’s not as helpful as it used to be. Many schools build their students up to be a great student for a great college. But, when they go to the college to follow the dream that someone has set in their mind, they drop out and look at themselves as failures. All for what? For the approval of those who’ve pushed them to work for a dream that is not their own.
Since the world is overpopulated, we stick the eighteen-year-olds in colleges to temporarily get rid of them. We also fool ourselves into believing that these actions are good for them. Most of these unwanted young adults eventually learn to like it, and those that don’t drop out. The conservative Carneigie Commission estimated that five to thirty percent of students are in College reluctantly. Also buy giving figures of some surveys that students took, the author states that students think education is less and less important.
I am fortunate enough to have parents that can afford to send me to college, and support my choice to pursue a higher education. By attending college, I will eventually graduate with a degree and later earn a high paying career. Along with this, I have found college to be a way to discovering who I am. I have been able to move out, take over my own bills, and earn responsibility by doing so. Unfortunately, not everyone is able to attend college. Financial reasons typically hold individuals back from attending universities, and that later may affect their lives. Although I attend class daily, the true effect college will have on me in the future goes unnoticed. An education is something that is highly valued, and so important. Everyone should have the chance to have an education, but unfortunately, it does not happen. College for me, is a privilege. Therefore, I will work hard to earn my degree, and later put it to
High school graduation marks the start of young adults’ lives, a time where they are expected to decide what they want to do for the rest of their lives. Many young adults are pressured into attending college, whether they have determined their goal or not, but is it necessary? “The Case Against College,” an article written by Linda Lee, a mother who has questioned the former belief that college equals success, claims that “not everyone needs a higher education.” College, though beneficial to many, is not for everyone and should not determine an individual’s life.
In a May 2003 persuasive article published by USA Today titled “College isn’t for Everyone”, the author W.J. Reeves states “about 15 million people in America are enrolled in college.” This is a staggering amount considering the fact that many people are in college for all the wrong reasons. About half of the Americans enrolled in college are there because they feel they owe it to their families. Only a small number of Americans in college actually feel it is necessary for successful lives. In this article, Reeves recollects on his experiences as a college English professor at an institution in New York. He speaks of how he believes that many students truly do not want to be in college. You can tell this by his stories of tardiness,
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
Why do students feel like they have to go to college? It is the norm to go to college right after high school because that is what everyone else does. The failure to complete college had been recognized as a personal problem. There are multiple responsibilities when it comes to going to college and some students are not quite ready to attend. Most students go to college for the wrong reasons, whether it is to get away from home or to have fun and party. With all the responsibilities that students have to uphold comes stress and even depression. About 33 percent of college students drop out of college for multiple reasons whether it is family issues, too much stress, full time job etc. Many students lack the funds in order to cover their tuition and other fees. This is one of the reasons why some students decide that dropping out of college is the answer. Attending college strengthens one’s knowledge and opens up their mind to new things. College students should stay in school, however,it is not for everyone. Students should not stay in college if they are not prepared or if they can not handle the pressure.
Often college students will question the college experience and if it is even worth it. Why spend all that money and time for just a piece of paper. Not only that, but when someone gets into the desired workforce, is an individual ready for that career? The whole debate about if college is worth it, all started back in 1636 when New College (Harvard) was just beginning. The debate continues to press on. Usually each opinion on the subject is based on how the opinionated person is doing in the present after being done in college. If aren't making tons of money like they planned to do or working as their dream job, they might have a negative outcome on college rather than someone that is doing good after college graduation.
Society today is often very pressuring towards young adults when it comes to attending college. Maybe it’s because it is the most appropriate idea for people. College provides the average human with a higher satisfaction of life due to the experience and the positives outcomes than that of someone who chooses not to go to college. Although college results in the possibility of debt afterwards, it is still worth the journey.
In the essay, “Where College Fails Us”, Caroline Bird talks about how college isn’t for everyone, and high school students should critically examine if a college degree is worth their time and money. Bird says high school students feel pressured by their parents and teachers to attend college because they are taught that a college degree will earn them more money, make them “better” people, and make them more responsible citizens. She says because students feel forced to go they are unhappy, and often times drop out. Bird also states that although college graduates care more about a job that matters to them than the money, they aren’t guaranteed a job in their field of study because there aren’t and probably never will be enough jobs requiring
College is an experience almost everyone goes through, going to parties as well as it being a starting point of careers. It is also very expensive, making a burden on those who graduate with high debts. In 2013, about
It is a well known fact but there are many people including counselors, parents, teachers, and friends who resist saying it out loud for fear it will sound like discouragement and negativity: college is definitely not for everyone. The pressure on high schools students, especially those that excel, to attend a college or university is enormous. And in the case of a bright, industrious and motivated high school student, attending a college or university is an obvious career choice. For those students, it's only a matter of what university to attend, whether one's SAT score is high enough, and the availability of the money. Then there are the millions of high school students who are not really personally motivated but are being pressured by their counselors, teachers and parents should they attend college if they really don't care? This paper examines those issues.
Pharinet states “often the desire for learning is not what drives students to attend college” (635. Practical Argument: A Text and Anthology). We have developed in a society where everyone is expected to proceed to college. In actuality, nearly all people are not qualified for it. We are practically produced and accustom to believe that everyone needs a higher education in order to be successful. There are people who have never attended college and are progressing better than those who graduate with a bachelor’s or master’s degree. “The specter of successful college dropouts like Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates, and Steve Jobs weigh on young people making the decision on whether or not to go to college” (usnews.com). The main reason why everyone wants to be accepted to college is not for themselves but because they are pressured to by guidance counselors and parents claiming it is the right choice to
Today, many students are settling for jobs immediately out of high school instead of furthering their education in college. Students should consider how necessary college actually is for their lives in the future. It provides one with a significant amount of opportunities, a greater knowledge about their career plan, and a better sense of responsibility.
Life is believed to be easier for people with higher degrees than for those without higher degrees. Hence, it is the joy of parents to see their children admitted into a higher institution. With the high cost attached to attending a four year university, most students prefer to attend community colleges. Community colleges provide the same quality of education offered by universities for the first two years at a lower cost which help students reduce debts toward getting their higher degree. However, compared to the number of students who started their first year in community colleges, a large percentage dropped out. This is common to both freshly graduated high school students and adults who came back to college to obtain a degree. Students drop out of colleges because of financial issues and the need to take remedial courses. As a result, they have self esteem issues and may remain poor.